Director Kathryn Bigelow took seven years to go from one project (2002’s K-19: The Widowmaker) to another (2009’s The Hurt Locker). And while that isn’t exactly the decade-plus that ex-husband James Cameron took between Titanic and Avatar, it certainly isn’t a little break. So to see her already jumping into another project is surprising, as she’s always been very meticulous in her project selection. Then again, when you’re hot, you’re hot. And Kathryn Bigelow is hot.

As a matter of coincidence, Bigelow’s next project will be a pilot for HBO called The Miraculous Year. Written by John Logan and scheduled to shoot in the summer, The Miraculous Year is described by The Hollywood Reporter as “an examination of a New York family as seen through the lens of a charismatic, self-destructive Broadway composer.”

The light family drama is certainly a departure for Bigelow, whose filmography is full of grit — everything from vampires in Strange Days to war movies like The Hurt Locker and K-19. But as she stands on the precipice of possibly becoming the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar, she can do whatever she likes. With whomever she likes. And in John Logan, she’s picked a winner. His credits include The Last Samurai, The Aviator and the Orson Welles telepic RKO 281. There’s no denying that a project stacked with this much talent will at least be worth a look.

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