Christopher Nolan Following Up ‘Dunkirk’ with New WWII Movie About J. Robert Oppenheimer

by Samantha Whidden
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Just four years after his award-winning war film Dunkirk made its theatrical debut, Christopher Nolan is now preparing to do a follow-up with a new World War II film about theoretical physicist, J. Robert Oppenheimer. 

According to Deadline, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film will focus on J. Robert Oppenheimer’s involvement in the development of the atom bomb. Although there has yet to be any real information has come out about the film yet, there has been chatter about which studio will take on Nolan’s next project. 

The Hollywood Reporter also revealed that although he has worked with Warner Bros. on most of his films, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming flick isn’t being automatically placed in the film’s studio. 

Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan is currently working on his new film writing project. He is writing the remark for the 2000 film, Memento. According to its IMDb, Memento is about a man suffering from short-term memory loss while trying to track down his wife’s killer. Nolan’s last film, 2020 science fiction action thriller Tenet scored $363.7 million in the box office despite the worldwide pandemic. 

Christopher Nolan Shares More Details About ‘Dunkirk’ in 2017 Interview

During a 2017 interview with NPR, Christopher Nolan revealed more details about the film and what his ultimate goal was. “You’ve got 400,000 men on this beach [in Dunkirk, France], pretty much within sight of England. The enemies closing in on all sides. And they were faced with really the choice between surrender and annihilation.”

Christopher Nolan then said that while the story does not end in either surrender or annihilation, he thinks it’s one of the great stories in human history. “We went into, I think, in pretty light fashion. You know, we jumped on the boat and we thought would take eight or nine hours. It took about 19 hours and the weather was horrible.”

While also discussing his interaction with Dunkirk veterans, Christopher Nolan said he and his crew did a series of interviews to gather impressions and materials. “[We] really look in their eyes and hear what their experiences were. Some of those things very directly made it into the film.”

In regards to the responsibility that comes with creating a war film based on real events, Christopher Nolan stated, “That sense of responsibility, particularly for a British person working in what’s really sacred ground in British culture. When you then come to screen the film, all of that responsibility, all of that pressure comes flooding back. ”

Directed by Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk follows the allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Commonwealth and Empire, and France. They are surrounded by the German Army and are evacuated during World War II battle. Starring in the film was Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, and Mark Rylance.