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Kathryn Bigelow Heads to HBO For The Miraculous Year

Kathryn Bigelow has come to HBO to direct The Miraculous Year, a drama pilot by top feature writer John Logan.

The Miraculous Year has been given a pilot order, with filming eyed to begin in May-June.

Logan, who is an Oscar nominee (Gladiator), is executive producing with Bigelow and Lydia Pilcher. He started off as a playwright before his first screenplay, Any Given Sunday, got the attention of Oliver Stone. The story will focus on a New York family as seen through the eyes of a self-destructive Broadway composer. The project has been given a pilot order and will begin production in the spring.

His writing credits also include The Last Samurai, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and a second collaboration with director Martin Scorsese following The Aviator, the upcoming The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Logan’s new play, Red, starring Alfred Molina as the artist Mark Rothko, opens on Broadway April 1st.

Bigelow, who is also attached to direct the South America-set feature Triple Frontier, has rarely done any television work. Bigelow’s past TV credits include directing three episodes of the NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street including the two-part sixth-season finale and an episode of the ABC underrated crime drama Karen Sisco, which featured actress Carla Gugino (Watchmen) in the title role and was executive produced by actor Danny DeVito.

Miraculous Year marks Bigelow’s first pilot and also a major departure for the popular director known mostly for “tough-guy” movies such as features The Hurt Locker, Strange Days or K-19: The Widowmaker.

Bigelow recently became the first woman to ever win a DGA Award. She has picked up more than a dozen major directing prizes for her work on The Hurt Locker. In addition to being a front runner for the directing Oscar next month, Bigelow is also part of the Iraq war drama’s producing team that won the PGA Award and is up for a best picture Oscar.

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