One of the biggest relationships in cinema has officially ended. No, don’t worry, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are still well and truly together. But for years now, director Christopher Nolan has teamed up with Warner Bros. on some of the biggest blockbusters of the past decade or two – from Black Knight trilogy at Creation, Interstellar, Principle and more, Warner Bros was home to all things Nolan. Not anymore. Things noticeably turned sour when Warner announced plans to shift its entire 2021 cinematic offering to a dual-release HBO Max strategy without consulting the filmmakers first – when Nolan has long been a movie guy. Now it’s official: Christopher Nolan’s next film is instead being shot at Universal.
As reported by Deadline, Universal won against MGM and Sony, who were also in the mix for this one – while Warner Bros. was not among the top contenders. Nolan’s next project is a film about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the development of the atomic bomb, the creation of which helped mark the end of World War II. This will be Nolan’s third historic project after Prestige and Dunkirk. The film now has the official green light at Universal and will likely go into production in early 2022. Longtime Nolan producer (and wife), Emma Thomas, will also be on board, under the couple’s Syncopy Inc. banner.
So there you go – Nolan and Warner Bros go their separate ways. Unless it’s all part of an elaborate temporal pincer movement, in which case someone will have to come and explain Principle to us once again. Any takers?