Renowned director Christopher Nolan has been making films for Warner Bros. for almost two decades including The Dark Knight trilogy and the blockbuster hit Inception. But following the announcement of the studio's decision to put their 2021 films in both HBO Max and in theaters, their relationship has been in limbo after Nolan criticized the move and called HBO Max "the worst streaming service." Now, it looks like they won't be working together anytime soon.
Deadline has reported that Nolan's next film will be released by Universal Pictures which officially puts his relationship with Warner Bros. to an end (at least for the time being). The Oscar-nominated director's project is said to revolve around J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb that ended World War II. The film has been greenlighted and is set to begin production in the first quarter of next year.
Nolan has been a champion of the theatrical experience so it is not a surprise that he ended up with the studio behind the mega franchises such as Jurassic World and Fast and Furious where there is a guarantee that his film will have an exclusive theatrical run. The bidding for the project was said to be between Universal, MGM, and Sony.
This move is a huge step for Nolan as most of the films that he made have been for Warner Bros. Most notably, he directed The Dark Knight which has been hailed as one of the best comic book movies of all time. After directing The Dark Knight Rises, he continued working on comic book films as the producer for DCEU films such as Man of Steel and Zack Snyder's Justice League.
It is unknown yet if Nolan's new relationship with Universal Pictures will be for one film only. Perhaps in the future, he might be open to returning to Warner Bros. once their films are back to being theatrical exclusive. In the end, any films by Nolan, regardless of the studio, are always worth seeing and this new project seems to be less reliant on the action, unlike his previous films.