Christopher Nolan Developing WWII Film About J. Robert Oppenheimer, Father Of The Atomic Bomb: Cillian Murphy May Star

A new report is giving us an idea of what the next film from Christopher Nolan will look like and seemingly confirms that he’s indeed looking to leave Warner Bros. for a new studio home or at least considering it.

Deadline has revealed that Nolan is currently shopping around a new World War II film project about J. Robert Oppenheimer’s development of the atomic bomb in the Manhattan Project. His work ultimately led to the surrender of the Japanese after two atomic bombs were unleashed upon the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S. military, killing countless civilians in an instant and even more than that slowly/painfully over time.

They also allude that longtime Nolan muse Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Dunkirk) might be in the mix to play Oppenheimer. It doesn’t hurt that Murphy has a striking resemblance to him.

I’m extremely curious if Christopher Nolan will attempt to document the Pacific War and the Japanese side of the story along with the civilians that were essentially erased from the planet as part of power move by the United States to end the bloody South Pacific campaign with an extreme show of force. One of the darkest moments in human history.

You might remember that Christopher Nolan wasn’t terribly happy how Tenet was released during the pandemic in 2020 (conflicting trade reports blame both Warner Bros. and Nolan for that hiccup with various “sources” finger pointing to each other’s camp). However, when WarnerMedia announced their plans for a hybrid release for all 2021 releases to promote HBO Max, that seemed to be the final straw for the filmmmaker and signs that his longtime relationship with Warner Bros. has come to an end.

No studios are being brought-up in the article, but we have to assume that Nolan isn’t interested in a streaming platform or a deal that doesn’t include theatrical exclusivity for the film.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter mentions that Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, and even Warner Bros. have been talking with Nolan’s camp about the untitled movie. Although, a frontrunner wasn’t named.

It’s really not that shocking that Christopher Nolan would attempt to explore this part of history, all you have to do is look at Nolan’s films The Dark Knight Rises and Tenet to understand the filmmaker’s obsession with nuclear armament.


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