Aurora: Oscar Winner Kathryn (The Hurt Locker) Bigelow Teams with David Koepp, Netflix for Thriller

Bigelow Teams with David Koepp, Netflix for Thriller ‘Aurora’

The filmmaker, who is the first woman to win a best directing Oscar, hasn’t made a movie since 2017’s race drama, Detroit.


The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who hasn’t made a movie since 2017’s race drama, Detroit, has set up her latest feature project, titled Aurora, at the streamer.

The project adapts the new book by David Koepp, the vet screenwriter who counts Jurassic Park, the first Mission: Impossible movie, and Spider-Man amongst his credits. Koepp will write the screenplay for the project.

Bigelow’s longtime producing is partner Greg Shapiro and Gavin Polone, whose history with Koepp includes producing the writer and director’s movies, Stir of Echoes and Secret Window.

Aurora depicts the events of a solar storm that knocks out most of humanity’s power grids, focusing on the personal story of a divorced mother.

The woman must now do everything she can to protect her teenaged and her estranged brother, a wealthy Silicon Valley CEO who has built a luxurious bunker in the desert for just such a disaster.

The story concerns characters who are coping with the collapse of the social order, set against a catastrophic worldwide power crisis.

The book is due out from HarperCollins June 7 and has blurbs from author Stephen King, who calls is a “real page-turner.”

Screenwriter Scott Frank, the creator The Queen’s Gambit, enthuses, “There’s a reason David Koepp is the most successful screenwriter of all time. It’s because he’s one of the greatest storytellers of all time. Aurora is up there with his best: scary, funny, and thought provoking.”

The deal features a progress to timeline, which could make this Bigelow’s next movie, boasting a budget north of $100 million.

Netflix had no comment as the project is still in development stages.

CAA Media Finance brokered the deal with Netflix.

Bigelow made a name for herself as a filmmaker working in what was traditionally seen as male spheres, the action and sci-fi genres. Bringing in a certain amount to grittiness and grounding to her proceedings, she directed the 1980s cult vampire movie, Near Dark, and the 1991 Keanu Reeves-Patrick Swayze classic, Point Break.

Strange Days was a sci-fi crime drama that saw her work with ex-husband, filmmaker James Cameron.

Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker swept the 2010 Academy Awards, which saw her become the first woman to win the best director statuette, while also winning an additional five awards, including best picture. The tense war drama also saw star Jeremy Renner earn a best actor nomination.

Her 2013 thriller, Zero Dark Thirty, told of the hunt for terrorist Osama bin Laden and earned her a best picture nomination.

Her last film, Detroit, focused on the Motor City’s riots in the late 1960s, and starred John Boyega and Anthony Mackie.

Koepp is coming off the HBO Max debut of Kimi, the thriller he wrote that starred Zoe Kravitz and was directed by Soderbergh. Aurora is his second novel.