After a public fallout over release strategy with Warner Bros., filmmaker Christopher Nolan has chosen to partner with Universal Pictures for his upcoming movie. Nolan has also written the script of the movie. The movie is based on the American theoretical physicist J Robert Oppenheimer who helped in developing the atomic bomb during World War II. It is expected that the production of the movie will begin early next year.
Deadline Hollywood reporter reported last week that Nolan and his representatives were in talks with major Hollywood studios for the untitled project, a move that signaled at the end of his collaboration with Warner Bros. However, the representatives of the studio confirmed on Tuesday that Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to finance and distribute Nolan’s film. The title of the movie is still not finalized.
Nolan has made all of his movies with Warner Bros since 2002’s Insomnia. He has his critically-acclaimed The Dark Knight trilogy and the most recent feature time-traveling, Tenet, with Warner Bros. He has also made the best-picture nominee Dunkirk, and the 2010 mind-bender Inception.
The relations between Nolan and Warner Bros had a turn last year only when Warner Bros. in December announced plans to release all of its 2021 films simultaneously on HBO Max. The filmmaker has also expressed dissatisfaction with the studio for moving its 2021 movie to a theatrical and as well as HBO Max streaming release at the same time. Nolan stated, “some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service.”
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Warner Bros. had an incredible machine for getting a filmmaker’s work out everywhere, both in theaters and in the home, and they are dismantling it as we speak,” wrote Nolan. “They don’t even understand what they’re losing. Their decision makes no economic sense, and even the most casual Wall Street investor can see the difference between disruption and dysfunction,” he added. Nolan in an interview with The Associated Press called the studio’s plans a mess. However, executives for Warner Bros. have said that the studio will return to releasing movies exclusively in theaters next year.
Deadline reported that the plot details of the film are still sketchy but the new movie will focus on Oppenheimer, who is considered one of the fathers of the atom bomb. He was a prominent figure in the Manhattan Project – World War II. He had also developed the first nuclear weapons.
Cillian Murphy is said to be a possible member of the upcoming movie. He is one of Nolan’s frequent collaborators. The casting for the movie has yet to take place. The project will be co-produced by Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas. Both are longtime producing partners under their Syncopy Inc. banner.
The most recent movie directed by Nolan is the spy thriller Tenet, starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. Tenet was the first Hollywood tentpole marked the opening of theatres after the coronavirus pandemic-forced shutdown.