Christopher Nolan’s next film could see its streaming debut significantly delayed
It was reported last week that visionary director Christopher Nolan has signed with Universal for his upcoming film, officially ending a nine-movie streak with Warner Bros. who started with Insomnia in 2002.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter has lifted the veil on what the studio and filmmaker’s high-level negotiations have entailed, offering so-called insider accounts on budgets, movie windows and more.
According to the report, several studios attempted to woo the blockbuster director, who came up with a number of significant demands he was unwilling to budge on.
Those requests would have included a production budget of $ 100 million for his upcoming biopic on American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, as well as equally large marketing expenses.
In addition, Nolan also demanded “full creative control, 20% of the first gross dollar and a blackout period after which the studio would not release another film three weeks before or three weeks after its release.”
Analysis: why Nolan chose Universal
For Nolan, the big deciding factor would have been the movie’s theatrical window – Nolan apparently insisted it last at least 100 days, which is more than double Universal’s usual time frame.
It is said that outside of Universal, only Apple and Sony were legitimately vying to sign Nolan (Paramount reportedly withdrew at the start of negotiations), with the studios keen and willing to meet Nolan’s budget and back-end requirements. . Apple, however, was not ready to commit to such a long theatrical window.
Sony reportedly approached, noting his recent success with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino, though the final decision was down to Nolan’s existing relationship with Universal boss Donna Langley, who reportedly spent years trying to woo the director.
It’s also possible that Sony’s recent exclusivity deal with Netflix played into Nolan’s decision, leaving the studio unable to comply with the demands of Tenet’s director’s theatrical window.