Ready to learn about the origins of the atomic bomb? Director Christopher Nolan is already preparing a drama based on the participation of the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in the development of that weapon. But the real news is that, for this, the director has moved from the studio and left Warner Bros. behind in favor of Universal, this after a very public disagreement due to the simultaneous streaming launches of the first.
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According to Deadline, director Christopher Nolan has already secured production and distribution rights for his new film from Universal Studio. The report says that several of the other big studios tried to win the film, including MGM and Sony, but it seems that Warner, with whom the filmmaker made most of the most famous films of his career, did not make much effort to retain it. .
What is known about the film is that it will feature Oppenheimer’s participation in the call Manhattan Project, the set of efforts to develop the atomic bomb during World War II. Nolan had been said to have Cillian Murphy in his sights for the lead role, but this is not yet a fact and there is no definitive actor. Universal hopes to begin filming in early 2022.
The apparent rift between Nolan and WB comes almost a year after that studio announced that all its titles for 2021 would be simultaneous streaming premieres on the HBO Max platform. This decision infuriated the director, who is a fervent defender of the theater experience. Despite its most recent title, the expensive Tenet – 83%, had a traditional release and was not affected by this mixed strategy, it seems that the director is still concerned because they want to force him to a hybrid format in the future.
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If that’s really your concern, Universal is an excellent option, or at least for the moment it seems to be. Although this studio has a streaming platform, called Peacock, in the United States, it has promised to bring its films to theaters despite the health emergency. This has been the case with films like Fast and Furious 9 – 65%, Viejos – 55% and soon No Time to Die.
However, it surprised some media when it revealed, just last week, that the expected Halloween Kills – 67% would have a simultaneous premiere at least in the United States. Although Nolan’s followers would not have to fear since, most likely, the director has made explicit, and hopefully included in the negotiations, an exclusive theatrical release for his new project.
There is still no release date for Nolan’s new film (Memento – 92%, Batman: The Dark Knight – 94%, Interstellar – 71%). If Universal prioritizes it and starts production in early 2022, we may not see it until summer 2023, although more information may be revealed in the coming months. For now, you can find Tenet – 83%, as well as the director’s Batman trilogy, on HBO Max.
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