Director Christopher Nolan is currently taking meetings with Hollywood studios about his next film. The plot is said to focus on J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who played a major role in the creation of atom bomb during World War II.
It’s the first time since 2002 that Nolan hasn’t made a movie which was offered to Warner Bros first. His 2006 magical mystery, The Prestige was a joint between Disney’s Touchstone label and Warner Bros, while 2014’s Interstellar was a deal between Warners and Paramount.
The word is that Nolan has been talking to Sony and Universal, Paramount and Warners – but no deal has yet been made. Apparently, ‘a theatrical release is of upmost importance’. Nolan regular, Cillian Murphy is reportedly in the frame for a role.
Allegedly, things between Nolan and Warner Bros became rocky during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown, when the director pushed the studio for a theatrical release on his sci-fi-thriller, Tenet. It scored a disappointing $58.4 million at the US box office but a solid $363 million worldwide. However, things flared-up again when the studio announced they were dropping their entire 2021 slate straight-to-streaming on HBO Max.
Christoper Nolan is a huge advocate for the cinematic experience and he wants his movies to be seen on the big screen.
It’ll be interesting to see how this finally shakes-out.