Christopher Nolan’s New WWII Drama Could Be Last of Its Kind: Here’s Why

by Lauren Boisvert
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When it comes to moviegoers, there’s not a lot of draw for original stories like Christopher Nolan’s anymore. The people want superheroes, and nostalgic remakes, and sequels. There’s a small amount of love for original or niche content, and not usually in the mainstream markets.

Christopher Nolan is good at taking original concepts, turning them into big-budget films, and generating tons of profit. He can bring people to the movies on his name alone. His films have always done fantastic at the box office, with the exception of “Tenet” which opened at the height of COVID.

Nolan’s newest film, “Oppenheimer,” may do well at the box office, but probably because it has his name attached to it. He needs to convince moviegoers that they should see a historical film about the Manhattan Project. Easier said than done. There’s an audience for WWII films, but as a director you want to break those audience restrictions and get as many eyes on your film as possible. With films like “Inception” and “Dunkirk” under his belt, he can do just that.

Another director who can do what Christopher Nolan does is Wes Anderson. While his films don’t rake in nearly the box office profits that Nolan’s do, he still does well for himself. He creates completely original content and presents it as such. If there are any directors we can count on to keep original stories alive, it’s Christopher Nolan and Wes Anderson, as well as Quentin Tarantino and Guillermo del Toro. Let’s just hope the audiences want to see it.

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Finds Its Star

Christopher Nolan has cast his lead for his new film “Oppenheimer”; Cillian Murphy, who most recently starred on the series “Peaky Blinders,” will star as J. Robert Oppenheimer. Murphy previously worked with Nolan on his “Batman” trilogy as Scarecrow, as well as playing Robert Fischer in “Inception.”

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” is based on a book by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, titled “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.” Oppenheimer was a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, building the atomic bomb that ended the war in Japan. The project took place in Los Alamos, New Mexico; it began out of fear that the Germans had been working on a nuclear weapon since the 1930s.

Oppenheimer was testing the concept of nuclear fission when he was named director of the Los Alamos Laboratory. There, the first atomic bombs were created and tested. The very first detonation, called the Trinity Test, created a mushroom cloud 40,000 feet high in a remote location near Alamogordo, New Mexico. It marked the beginning of the Atomic Age.

There were two types of bombs created at the Los Alamos Laboratory; the Little Boy, which was uranium-based, and the Fat Man, which was plutonium-based. Both bombs eventually brought about unimaginable destruction. Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” will most likely explore the creation of those bombs.

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