Christopher Nolan is in talks with a number of Hollywood studios about producing his 12th movie, a biopic about one of many main builders of the primary atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer.
According to people with data of the talks, Warner Bros. is among the many contenders for the challenge; but when Nolan goes elsewhere, it may carry an finish to the 18-year partnership that the acclaimed filmmaker has had with the Burbank studio.
Since “Insomnia” in 2002, Warner Bros. has produced or co-produced all of Nolan’s movies, together with the “Dark Knight” trilogy, Best Picture Oscar nominees “Inception” and “Dunkirk,” and most just lately the sci-fi mind-bender “Tenet.” The latter movie was launched completely in theaters final yr in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, months earlier than a vaccine was authorized, on the behest of Nolan who needed to supply a movie to help struggling film theaters.
Though “Tenet” struggled on the U.S. field workplace, its international gross of $363 million nonetheless stands among the many prime 5 highest-grossing Hollywood movies launched since theaters first shut down worldwide in March 2020 and is presently simply $9 million lower than Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow,” which was launched in theaters and as a Disney+ premium title this previous July.
But when Warner Bros. introduced final December that it might launch all of its 2021 movies in theaters and on HBO Max concurrently, Nolan was one of the outspoken critics of the plan. In an interview with NPR, he known as the day-and-date shift “a sign of great danger” for working class crew members in Hollywood.
“What they see here is an opportunity to promote HBO Max using the slate of movies for next year. And there is a danger with that that needs to be addressed through appropriate negotiation with unions, with talent and all the rest,” Nolan stated. “There are enormous number of questions that come out of that about the economic structures that allow working people in Hollywood to maintain their lives and raise their families and have health care and all the rest. And I’m saying these are all things that haven’t yet been thought through and they need to be.”
While Warner Bros. has since recommitted to releasing movies completely in theaters beginning subsequent yr through shortened window offers with theater chains, Nolan now appears to be contemplating taking his “Tenet” follow-up to a different studio. Nolan and his manufacturing firm, Syncopy, have by no means signed a first-look manufacturing cope with Warner Bros. however have merely remained with the studio out of private loyalty.
The challenge talks had been first reported by Deadline.
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