Universal's J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER & THE ATOM BOMB directed by Christopher Nolan (TBD)
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Nolan really left WB Studios very disappointed with the Tenet release.

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has landed the right to finance and distribute the next film that Christopher Nolan will direct based on his -script about J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atom bomb. A theoretical physicist who became the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, Oppenheimer headed the research and development of the bomb that ended WWII, under what was covertly called the Manhattan Project. Nolan will produce the film alongside his wife and longtime producing partner Emma Thomas for their Syncopy Inc. banner.

 

Sources said that the film is now green lit to begin production in the first quarter of 2022. When Deadline broke the story a few days ago about this film being shopped, I’d heard Nolan’s longtime collaborator Cillian Murphy was in the mix for a key role. That might happen still, but I’m persuaded there are no definitive casting attachments at this point.

 

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Inside the Studios’ (And Apple’s) Frenzy to Get Christopher Nolan’s Next Film

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It wasn’t a negotiation. It was, rather, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to establish a relationship with one of the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century.

 

Last week, top level studio heads ranging from Universal’s Donna Langley to Sony’s Tom Rothman to Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos made the trek to Christopher Nolan’s compound in the Hollywood Hills.

 

There, in the same place Nolan has a full-on post-production facility and does his editing, the execs read Nolan’s -script for his latest film project, centered on one of the fathers of the atom bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and then discussed the conditions.

 

By Sept. 14, Nolan had made his decision and Universal now finds itself in the enviable position of having on its moviemaking roster the man who made movies such as the billion-dollar grossing Batman trilogy and mind-bending and time-flexing movies such as Memento, Inception and Dunkirk.

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To the surprise of several insiders, one company’s executive class invited to make the trek was that of Apple Studios, the tech giant who is making a formidable push into movies and series. The company has spared no expense wooing top talent and is making movies with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith and Scarlett Johansson, among others. This was their chance to make inroads with one of the biggest proponents of the theatrical experience and they took it.

 

The project is meant to be a smaller-scale feature film for Nolan, which in his case, meant a production budget of around $100 million and an equal marketing spend, according to sources. He asked for total creative control, 20 percent of first dollar gross, a blackout period from the studio wherein the company would not release another movie three weeks before and three weeks after his release. And he asked for what insiders say was around a 100-day theatrical window. (Some sources have said the number was 110 days, with one person saying it was 130 days.) These were, in fact, many of the conditions Nolan was accustomed to enjoying at Warners.

 

Apple was ready to commit to a theatrical window but nowhere near what the filmmaker wanted.

 

Sony wanted it desperately and could point to the immense success, both commercial and critical, it enjoyed by backing Quentin Tarantino’s ode to cinema, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood. The studio was a contender to the end.

 

Then there was Universal, whose chief Langley spent years cultivating a friendly relationship with Nolan and who had already taken in several other Warners’ brands and talent, such as Lego and Dan Lin’s Rideback label. The studio could boast a robust theatrical output, even in the pandemic, and some innovative release strategies. Its infrastructure, both in distribution and marketing, are strong at this time, and, just as importantly — as opposed to some other companies such as MGM about to be gobbled up by Amazon — it is also stable.

 

“Universal just said ‘yes,’” said one insider.

 

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On 9/15/2021 at 12:07 PM, Bosco685 said:

 

Chris (we’re on a first name basis) can demand whatever he wants because he’s Fonzie cool. I wish he would have just sold out and did the Nolanverse for DC but whatever. I actually find myself rewatching his smaller scale films like Insomnia, Memento and The Prestige more so than the huge spectacles that came after. 

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On 9/15/2021 at 12:57 PM, Scam Likely said:

Chris (we’re on a first name basis) can demand whatever he wants because he’s Fonzie cool. I wish he would have just sold out and did the Nolanverse for DC but whatever. I actually find myself rewatching his smaller scale films like Insomnia, Memento and The Prestige more so than the huge spectacles that came after. 

Memento is great.

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On 9/14/2021 at 11:41 AM, paperheart said:

adaptation of Hickman's Manhattan Projects :wishluck:

I would see that movie so many times that it would equal the box office numbers of a small country. 

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Cillian Murphy has reteamed with Christopher Nolan for the filmmaker’s latest project, now officially titled Oppenheimer.

 

Universal, which landed the project in September with much a-do as it became Nolan’s first movie in years not to made with his now-former longtime studio home, Warner Bros., announced the details Friday.

 

The studio also set a North American theatrical release date of July 21, 2023. The summer month has long been a Nolan release tradition.

 

Universal called the project an “epic thriller that thrusts audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.”

 

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On 10/8/2021 at 7:23 PM, Bosco685 said:

Universal called the project an “epic thriller that thrusts audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.”

A bit hyperbolic.  Although, while building Trinity, the Project was concerned that the detonation might ignite the atmosphere.

Still "pulse-pounding", "senses-shattering"; a bit too comic book. You'd expect Thunderbolt Ross to make an appearance.

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EXCLUSIVE: In what would be the first major piece of casting since officially confirming Oppenheimer will be his next film, Christopher Nolan looks to have found Cillian Murphy a co-star to join him in what is believed to be an all-star ensemble. Sources tell Deadline that Emily Blunt is in talks to join Murphy in the Universal tentpole that Nolan will write and direct. Sources say she will play the wife of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Murphy), the scientist who ran the Manhattan Project that led to the invention of the atomic bomb. The film will bow on July 21, 2023, a slot typically saved for Nolan films in the past.

 

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Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon will star in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming World War II epic “Oppenheimer,” a drama about the development of the atomic bomb.

 

It is not clear who Downey Jr. and Damon will be playing in the film. The movie is shaping up to feature a star-studded cast, one that includes Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, as well as Emily Blunt, who is in talks to portray Oppenheimer’s wife.

 

“Oppenheimer” is slated to open in theaters on July 21, 2023. Nolan will write the screenplay, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. Production will begin in early 2022.

 

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On 11/19/2021 at 7:23 AM, paperheart said:

Why Christopher Nolan’s $100 Million WWII Drama ‘Oppenheimer’ Could Be the Last of Its Kind

https://variety.com/2021/film/news/christopher-nolan-oppenheimer-ww2-movie-1235109373/

I applaud him for fighting the good fight and wanting to give us something refreshing on the big screen. We have enough action figure/lunch box movies out there.

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