Christopher Nolan has decided to move his next film to Universal Pictures after a lengthy relationship with Warner Bros.
After a search that involved speaking with multiple studios, it has been announced that Nolan will be producing a film for Universal Pictures. The topic of the upcoming project will be J. Robert Oppenheimer and the birth of the atomic bomb.
The negotiations are said to have included not only Universal, but also Sony Pictures, MGM Studios, and Warner Bros. According to Variety, the relationship between the director and his home of more than two decades became strained since the release of Tenet. The director made numerous comments about the studio’s plan to release all of its films day-and-date on HBO Max in 2021, and that displeased the company.
Nolan’s last film outside of Warner Bros. was Interstellar for Paramount Pictures in 2014. The film was, however, distributed by Warner’s outside of the United States. So there is a chance that the director could return to Warner Bros. in the future.
Filming on the movie is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022, but no casting has been announced as of yet. The film is said to focus on Oppenheimer’s work on the Manhattan Project. No word on a potential release date as of yet.