Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film about Robert Oppenheimer and the atomic bomb – deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Nolan is preparing his next film, and Deadline hears it like Dunkirk it will focus on a pivotal moment in World War II. This is the role of J. Robert Oppenheimer in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II. Here’s an explosive development: While none of Nolan’s recent films have come out of Warner Bros., I’ve heard that several of the major studios in town are reading the script and speaking with Nolan and his reps.
It could be a residue of the shadows Nolan took when WarnerMedia declared its intention to go day-to-day with its entire 2021 movie roster, without warning the talents, their representatives or even the studio’s financial partners in movies. Nolan, among the superstar directors who are the most vocal proponents of a good old-fashioned theatrical release, has been outspoken in his anger at WarnerMedia’s decision. It wasn’t immediately clear if Warner Bros was part of the mix studios on this, but he clearly lost pole position.
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Warner Bros followed Nolan’s guidelines in releasing their latest movie, Principle, although the film’s gross receipts suffered because the pandemic was still raging and moviegoers weren’t ready to return to theaters en masse at that time. The film still grossed $ 363 million, the highest in the world since the pandemic broke outside F9, Godzilla vs. Kong and Black Widow. Nolan and his wife / production partner Emma Thomas didn’t have a formal agreement at the studio, but like Clint Eastwood, they were very loyal to making their films there. These collaborations have generated billions in box office revenue.
Details are a bit scarce at the moment on the casting, but I hear that Cillian Murphy could be involved. He collaborated with Nolan on two of the The black Knight movie theater, Creation as good as Dunkirk, and is in the mix. The project has the sweep of Nolan’s latest historical epic Dunkirk, looking at WWII from the development of the atomic bombs that ended the war with Japan. So there will clearly be a lot of big star pieces.