The next film from Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight, Dunkirk) will find the filmmaker leaving Warner Bros.
As we reported on a few days ago, Nolan has another WWII-era film in the works and has been looking to set the project up at another studio, brining an end to the healthy relationship he has had with Warners following around two decades of collaborations. Universal Pictures has landed the project, coming on board to both finance and distribute.
Nolan will direct and has written the screenplay, focusing on theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who had a big part to play in the creation of the atom bomb that was successfully detonated on July 1945 and struck Hiroshima and Nagasaki the following month.
A wrinkle in the relationship between Nolan and Warners came with the release of Tenet, which saw a number of delays as the pandemic unfolded, with Nolan determined to give the film a theatrical release. While Tenet was released theatrically, Nolan was quite outspoken against Warner’s decision to have their 2021 line-up released simultaneously in cinemas and streaming service HBO Max.
Cillian Murphy was reportedly in talks to take on a role in the film when news broke. As of now, that appears to still be the case.
Nolan’s next WWII film (following Dunkirk) is reportedly expected to start production in early 2022.