Have you seen TENET yet? I certainly have. I say that because I specifically trekked out to the movie theater last August — during the height of the pandemic — to see it. And frankly, 100-year public health crisis or not, I would’ve been wildly disappointed with the film regardless of the circumstances in which I saw it. As I wrote in my review last year, Christopher Nolan jumped the shark and got too high on his own supply.
Then, a couple of months later when Warner Bros. announced that they’d be releasing all of their 2021 films on HBO Max, Nolan popped up to release a legitimately laughable statement as he arbitrarily deemed HBO Max “by far the worst streaming service.”
Nevertheless, despite some missteps in 2020, Christopher Nolan not only remains one of my favorite directors but one widely considered to be among the world’s best, obviously leaving me pumped for whatever project he takes on next. And according to Deadline, that project will be about the development of the atom bomb.
According to Deadline, Nolan is currently shopping his latest script around Hollywood following his falling out with Warner Bros., with studios like Sony and Universal in the mix. The report states that the untitled project is about “J. Robert Oppenheimer’s role in the development of the atom bomb during WWII.” Additionally, Peaky Blinders star and frequent Nolan collaborator Cillian Murphy is said to be attached to the project.
This might be residue from the umbrage Nolan took when WarnerMedia declared its intention to go day-and-date with its entire 2021 movie slate, without forewarning talent, their reps or even the studio’s financing partners in the films.
Nolan, among the superstar directors who are the most vociferous supporters of a good old-fashioned theatrical release, was outspoken in his ire on WarnerMedia’s move. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Warner Bros is among the studios in the mix on this, but clearly, it has lost pole position. [Deadline]
Given its so early in development, the project does not have a release date at this time. The film will obviously mark Nolan’s second foray into World War 2 filmmaking, as he previously helmed 2017’s Dunkirk.