By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — After a public fallout over launch technique with Warner Bros., Christopher Nolan’s subsequent film, about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the event of the atom bomb, shall be launched by Universal Pictures.
Representatives for the studio confirmed Tuesday that Universal has purchase the rights to finance and distribute Nolan’s not-yet-titled film. Deadline Hollywood first reported the deal.
Nolan additionally wrote the film’s script concerning the theoretical physicist. Production is anticipated to start early subsequent yr.
With solely a handful of exceptions, Warner Bros. had lengthy been house to Nolan going again to 2002’s “Insomnia.” With the studio he made “The Dark Knight” trilogy, the best-picture nominee “Dunkirk,” the 2010 mind-bender “Inception” and 2020’s time-traveling “Tenet.” (Warner Bros. dealt with worldwide distribution on 2006’s “The Prestige” and 2014’s “Interstellar.”)
Last yr, Warner Bros. launched “Tenet” in theaters in September at a time when a lot of the film business was timid about releasing big-budget films. The sci-fi thriller finally grossed $363.7 million, making it simply the most important Hollywood pandemic launch of the yr.
But when Warner Bros. in December introduced plans to launch all of its 2021 movies concurrently on HBO Max, Nolan — lengthy an ardent advocate for the theatrical expertise — was one of many studio’s harshest critics. In an announcement, he stated “a few of our business’s greatest filmmakers and most essential movie stars went to mattress the evening earlier than pondering they had been working for the best movie studio and woke as much as discover out they had been working for the worst streaming service.”
“Warner Bros. had an unimaginable machine for getting a filmmaker’s work out in all places, each in theaters and within the house, and they’re dismantling it as we communicate,” wrote Nolan. “They don’t even perceive what they’re shedding. Their determination makes no financial sense, and even essentially the most informal Wall Street investor can see the distinction between disruption and dysfunction.”
Shortly thereafter, he known as the studio’s plans “a multitude” in an interview with The Associated Press.
“It’s a unilateral determination that the studio took. They didn’t even inform the folks concerned,” Nolan stated. “You have these nice filmmakers who labored with ardour and diligence for years on tasks which might be meant to be function movies with improbable movie stars. And they’ve all now been advised that they’re a loss-leader for a fledgling streaming service.”
Executives for Warner Bros. have maintained that the studio will return to releasing films solely in theaters subsequent yr.
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