Christopher Nolan, the gem who brought us Tenet, and Inception is developing his latest project with Universal Studios.
What are the details? Well, the project was shopped around to various studios before landing at Universal. The new film hopped around Hollywood, until finally finding a home at Universal. Universal has green lit Nolan’s upcoming film, which is about World War II scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is considered one of the fathers of the atom bomb. Sony, Paramount and Christopher Nolan’s longtime home, Warner Bros., were said to be talking about the project with the filmmaker as well. Nearly all of Nolan’s films since 2002’s Insomnia have been released by Warner Bros.His film The Prestige (2006), was distributed by Disney, and Interstellar (2014), which saw Warners and Paramount split up the international and domestic rights, respectively.
Is the shift to Universal a surprise? Well, the move comes after Christopher Nolan, a strong proponent of the theatrical experience, spoke out against Warner’s (HBO/HBO Max) run of all films on their streaming platforms last year.
“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,” Nolan said in a December statement to THR.
Christopher Nolan, is known for generating box office billions with his The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-12). He also earned his first best director Oscar nomination for his previous World War II film, Dunkirk (2017), is one of the few directors who can secure big budgets for original ideas not based on IP. He was last in theaters with Tenet, which Warners released exclusively in theaters a year ago in the COVID-19 era, where it grossed just $58.4 million domestically with a theatrical landscape diminished by the pandemic. Tenet proved to be a bellwether for other tentpoles, as after muted box office, other studios responded by pushing films out of 2020.