Christopher Nolan is negotiating with different studios to start his next film, which will revolve around Robert Oppenheimer, popularly known as “the father” of the atomic bomb.
Deadline reported Thursday that this film, untitled for now and still in a very early stage of development, will follow the steps of the American physicist during World War II until the creation of the atomic bomb.
The filmmaker had already traveled to World War II in the applauded and successful war film “Dunkirk” (2017.)
Nolan is one of the most prestigious and influential filmmakers of the 21st century, thanks to films such as “Inception” (2010), “Interstellar” (2014) or the praised Batman trilogy consisting of “Batman Begins” (2005), “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012.)
His last film was “Tenet,” which was released in the summer of 2020 despite the fact that the coronavirus situation was very complicated in many parts of the planet and that cinemas were either closed or with very limited seating capacity.
“Tenet,” a complex espionage thriller that intersected with time games, grossed $364 million, a meager figure for a blockbuster of this caliber.
Nolan’s obsession with releasing “Tenet” on the big screen and defending the survival of theaters may be behind one of the new developments regarding the project on Robert Oppenheimer.
The Brit has worked for many years with Warner Bros. but this studio decided at the end of 2020 that from then on it would release its films at the same time in theaters and on HBO Max, as an emergency measure due to the coronavirus.
This decision was heavily criticized by Nolan.
“What you have right now in our business is a lot of the use of the pandemic as an excuse for sort of grappling for short-term advantage. And it’s really unfortunate,” he declared.
“Some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service,” he added.
This situation has led Nolan to hold talks with different Hollywood studios — among which Warner Bros. is also included, but on equal terms with the rest — to carry out his project on the creation of the atomic bomb.