After Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan is all set to direct a movie on World War II

After Dunkirk, director Christopher Nolan’s next big film to hit the screen is on J Robert Oppenheimer and the development of the atomic bomb


September 10, 2021


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Christopher Nolan is said to have decided on the subject of his next film. After Dunkirk, the writer-director returns to World War II to focus on J Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist who was essential in the creation of science that led to the development of the first atomic bomb technology.

Allied nations led by the United States produced the nuclear bombs that destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in what was known as the Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer was in charge of the Los Alamos Laboratory, which was in charge of developing the weapons.

A new subject and theme

Surprisingly, Nolan is unlikely to make the film with Warner Bros, his preferred company since the early 2000s, due to a spat with the studio. Since 2002, this has been the home of practically all of his films. Nolan and his crew are apparently in talks with a number of studios, including Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Paramount Pictures, in addition to his longtime home of Warner Bros. This is most likely owing to Warner Media’s decision in December to release all of its 2021 films on the same day in theatres and on HBO Max. Many filmmakers were dissatisfied with the change, with Nolan labeling HBO Max “the worst streaming service.”

John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh star in Nolan’s most recent spy thriller, Tenet. After the coronavirus outbreak, “Tenet” was the first Hollywood high-budget movie to reopen in theatres. Cilian Murphy, in terms of casting, could be one of the front-runners for the role. From The Dark Knight movie to Inception and Dunkirk, the actor has been a frequent collaborator with Nolan. However, this isn’t the first time Oppenheimer has been depicted on the big screen; the 1989 film Fat Man and Little Boy featured this story.

There’s no indication on when Nolan’s WWII J. Robert Oppenheimer film will be released, though anything before 2023 seems improbable at this stage.

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