Nolan is Pitching a WWII Film About J. Robert Oppenheimer to Multiple Studios

Christopher Nolan and J. Robert Oppenheimer

Update (9.14.21): Christopher Nolan has chosen Universal Pictures as the home for his Oppenheimer film about the A-bomb according to Deadline.

Deadline is reporting that Christopher Nolan’s next film will focus on J. Robert Oppenheimer’s role in the development of the atom bomb during WWII. The report also seems to confirm what we’ve been hearing over the last few months, which is that Christopher Nolan is actively pitching his next film to several studios.

In December of last year, Nolan spoke out against Warner Bros. — his studio partner of nearly 20 years — after they announced their entire 2021 film slate would get day-and-date releases in theaters and on HBO Max. Since then, many have questioned whether the director and studio would ever work together again. In the meantime, studio executives have been vying for the director’s attention. In July, Scott Stuber, head of original films at Netflixtold Variety that he would “do everything [he] can” to lure the director to their service.

Rumors have suggested Christopher Nolan has been talking with several studios, from Sony to Universal, and that an exclusive theatrical release is a top priority for the director. Even streamers like Netflix might have a shot if they can deliver on that part of the deal. And they’ve made similar agreements for other filmmakers in the past. No studios are specifically mentioned in Deadline‘s exclusive report, however, actor Cillian Murphy is said to be attached to the project possibly.

J. Robert Oppenheimer played a pivotal role in the development of the atom bomb. He was the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory where the bomb that ended WWII was developed. Oppenheimer gave a number of speeches highlighting his ambivalence about nuclear weapons after the war ended. Interestingly enough, an anthology of said speeches were given to Christopher Nolan by Robert Pattinson at the wrap party for Tenet. The speeches along with his opposition to the creation of the hydrogen bomb ultimately cost Oppenheimer his job.

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by Teddy Blass
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