Christopher Nolan Chooses Universal Pictures For His World War II Film

Director Christopher Nolan has found a new home with Universal Pictures which will produce his upcoming J. Robert Oppenheimer World War II film.

For the longest time, director Christopher Nolan worked exclusively with Warner Bros. This relationship began all the way back in 2002 with the psychological thriller Insomnia starring Al Pachino and Robin Williams. Afterward, the director would team up with the studio for the highly successful Dark Knight Trilogy, The Prestige, Inception, Interstellar, Dunkirk, and finally Tenet.

The relationship between the director and the studio began to sour over the release of Tenet. What exactly happened isn’t entirely clear but the popular story is that Christopher Nolan was dead set on releasing the film in the summer of 2020 while Covid-19 was still ravaging much of the world while Warner Bros wanted to delay the film. The end result was one of the first major films to be released since nearly the start of the year with a less than impressive box office performance.

An additional strain on the relationship between Warner Bros and Christopher Nolan was the decision by the studio to release all of its films on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously. Nolan himself was adamantly against this going so far as to call the studio the world’s worst streaming service. Since then the director has apparently been looking for a new studio to call home.

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Earlier this summer it was reported that Netflix of all companies was courting Christopher Nolan. That deal appears not to have gone through as a new report has indicated that the director’s next film will be at Universal Pictures. The upcoming film will revolve around J. Robert Oppenheimer who is often credited as the creator of the Atomic Bomb. The film currently does not have a release date.

Here is the official synopsis for Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Tenet:

“John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.” Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion.”

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Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Tenet stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, and Himesh Patel. Christopher Nolan also serves as a producer alongside his wife Emma Thomas, with Thomas Hayslip on board as an executive producer.

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