Kathryn Bigelow to Direct Next Film for Netflix

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow has set her next feature film at Netflix. The streamer confirmed the project during its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday afternoon in New York.

No title or plot details were revealed. The project marks Bigelow’s first feature since the 2017 police brutality period film “Detroit,” which was produced and distributed by Annapurna Pictures. Though that feature received positive reviews, it failed to capture the awards and commercial success of the director’s previous two works: the controversial 2012 CIA manhunt thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” and the acclaimed 2009 Iraq war feature “The Hurt Locker,” which won six categories at the 2010 Academy Awards including best picture. For “Hurt Locker,” Bigelow became the first woman ever to win the Oscar for best director.

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Since “Detroit,” Bigelow has directed an Apple commercial and a short film. In March 2022, Netflix announced the filmmaker would helm an adaptation of screenwriter David Koepp’s disaster novel “Aurora,” though that project appears to have fallen to the wayside in favor of this newly announced feature. In an April article on the coming strategy of Netflix’s new film chief Dan Lin, the New York Times reported that Bigelow left the project a few months ago.

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Along with the new Bigelow feature, Netflix’s film announcements at its upfront presentation also included the confirmation of a “Happy Gilmore” sequel with Adam Sandler returning to star, as well as an adaptation of Ruth Ware’s suspense novel “The Woman in Cabin 10” starring Keira Knightley.

Puck was first to report on Bigelow’s new project at Netflix.

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