Ngebray.com,- Set against a backdrop of rioting in the city in 1967, Detroit is the latest film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow. It focuses on the circumstances surrounding the death of three black men and the beatings of nine others. Following a police raid at a motel. With a production budget of $35 million, Detroit is the first film that’s been both produced and distributed by Annapurna Pictures. Hollywood’s newest studio works out of a former art gallery and has a lobby decorated with thousands of VHS tapes arranged to form a giant A.
Annapurna Pictures describes itself as a home for creaters. And in its mission statement, it says we make films and television, games, and interactive experiences. Founded by Megan Ellison, Annapurna Pictures is named after the Himalayan mountain range of Annapurna in Nepal, which she once climbed. Since it began life as a production company in 2011, Annapurna has distinguished itself by taking on edgier story lines by well respected filmmakers rather than adopting the risk averse approach of most Hollywood studios. To date that’s included Spike Jonze’s Her about a man who falls in love with his computer’s operating system.
David O Russell’s American Hustle about a con man who’s forced into working with the FBI to expose other criminals, as well as Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty which chronicles the decade-long hunt for Ossama Bin Laden. And with American Hustle and Her, Ellison became only the fourth producer ever nominated for an Oscar twice for best picture in the same year, a list that includes revered veterans Scott Rudin and Francis Ford Coppola.
World box office results have been mixed for Annapurna’s films, which includes Paul Thomas Anderson’s financial flop, The Master. Zero Dark Thirty took $130 million worldwide and American Hustle $250 million. At the end of 2016, the studio announced that it was getting into video games. Much like its movie enterprises, Annapurna Interactive isn’t following the status quo, instead developing personal, emotional, and original games. So far this year, that’s included the release of What Remains of Edith Finch. A collection of playable short stories focusing on a cursed family.
Annapurna Pictures latest release, Detroit marks the first time the studio distributes and markets a film itself. With Detroit, the studio is using a particularly risky movie to make that leap. It’s opening near the end of the summer packed with big budget event films, also know in the industry as tent poles, including an adaptation of Steven King’s The Dark Tower.
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