Movies In Focus previously told you that Christopher Nolan had taking meetings with Hollywood studios about his next film. The dust has settled on talks with Sony, Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros and the champion has been decided.
Universal Pictures has landed the deal to finance and distribute the film which will start shooting in early 2022.
Written by Nolan, the film will focus on J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who played a major role in the creation of atom bomb during World War II. Irish actor Cillian Murphy is rumoured to be set for a key role, but apparently no casting decisions have been made.
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.
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.