The film will be based on J Robert Oppenheimer and his contributions to the making of the atom bomb, and will see Irish actor Cillian Murphy play the titular role. The movie is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J Sherwin.
The film will begin shooting in the first quarter of 2022, and it is scheduled to release in North America on July 21, 2023. It will be produced by Nolan’s production banner Syncopy Inc along with Universal.
This will mark an end to the filmmaker’s long-term collaboration with Warner Bros. that began with Nolan’s 2002 film Insomnia, and continued with The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk, all the way up to his last outing Tenet.
While it is unclear why Nolan decided to jump houses, the director, whose films have excelled on the big screen, has earlier expressed his resentment towards streaming platforms and called out Warner Bros’ decision to simultaneously release its entire slate of 2021 films in theatres and on HBO Max.
Warner Bros. decided to stream Tenet on HBO Max a few days after its theatrical release owing to the Covid-19 pandemic that left cinemas across the world shut for several months. The film was also made available on DVDs and Blu-Ray.
In December 2020, Nolan slammed the hybrid day-and-date release plan for the entire slate of 2021 Warner Bros. films. Gal Gadot-starrer Wonder Woman 1984 had a similar dual release in theatres and on HBO Max on December 25. The 2021 Warner Bros. slate includes other films such as Dune, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, King Richard, Cry Macho and Matrix 4.
Nolan also called HBO Max, the OTT platform owned by Warner Bros., “the worst streaming service” in a statement to the The Hollywood Reporter.