Kathryn Bigelow’s latest marks the first film marketed and distributed by Annapurna Pictures
Annapurna Pictures announced today that it will be launching its long-planned, full-service distribution and marketing operation with Kathryn Bigelow’s next feature. The Untitled Detroit Project will hit the big screen August 4. Marc Weinstock, who recently joined Annapurna as President, will oversee the new division alongside President of Marketing, David Kaminow; President of Distribution, Erik Lomis; and their respective teams.
“Kathryn’s ‘Untitled Detroit Project’ is exemplary of the type of films we will be distributing. I couldn’t be more confident in the team we are establishing to distribute and market the film in a way that is as creative and masterful as her film is,” says Weinstock.
The Untitled Detroit Project, directed by Bigelow, is a crime drama set against the backdrop of Detroit’s 1967 riots. Bigelow is producing the film with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman. Mark Boal, who penned the script, and Colin Wilson are also producers with Greg Shapiro executive producing. The release date will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots.
The film stars an ensemble cast comprised of John Boyega, Chris Chalk, Nathan Davis Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Austin Hébert, Joseph David-Jones, Malcolm David Kelley, John Krasinski, Jacob Latimore, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Ben O’Toole, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, Algee Smith, Peyton Alex Smith, Jeremy Strong, Ephraim Sykes, and Leon Thomas III.
“Kathryn took a chance on me 6 years ago and I’m honored that she has put her faith in me and my team once again. I could not be more excited to be launching this new part of our company with such a groundbreaking filmmaker, tremendous collaborator, and dear friend,” says Ellison.
This film is the second feature collaboration between Annapurna and Kathryn Bigelow, who previously worked together, alongside Boal, on the Academy Award-winning film, Zero Dark Thirty.
“Megan has been such a huge supporter of filmmakers as a producer and the fact that she is now offering a full-fledged distribution and marketing home run by such innovative and creative executives is great news to all of us,” says Bigelow. “I am thrilled to be working with them.”
The August 4 release date will see the Untitled Detroit Project open opposite the Marc Forster thriller All I See is You and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Emoji Movie.