Mark Boal will write the script for the projected 2017 release

By Christopher Rosen
Updated January 28, 2016 at 11:27 PM EST
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Kathryn Bigelow is back.

The Oscar-winning director will take on the 1967 Detroit riots for her next film, an untitled project written by her frequent collaborator Mark Boal. The duo previously worked together on The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.

Aiming for release in 2017, the new film will arrive during the 50th anniversary year of the Detroit unrest, which left 43 people dead, more than 340 injured, and 7,000 buildings burned. According to a press release, “Boal has been researching and working on the project, which explores systemic racism in urban Detroit, for more than a year.” No studio is attached at the moment, and casting is set to begin in the next two months.

Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman will produce the film along with Bigelow and Boal.

Bigelow’s last film was the controversial Zero Dark Thirty, which scored five Oscar nominations after its release in 2012. She won best director and best picture for The Hurt Locker at the 2010 Oscars ceremony.