The filmmaker negotiated total creative control, a budget of $ 100 million (plus the same amount for the promo), three weeks without a release before and after the arrival of his next film in theaters …
After having openly criticized the release strategy of Warner Bros (which offers its films in theaters and streaming on HBO Max in parallel in these times of the Covid-19 epidemic), while he had been collaborating with this studio for 20 years , Christopher nolan Officially left him this week to have his next film produced by Universal. A big blow for the firm behind the Fast & Furious and Jurassic World, which will therefore support his next film on the history of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his involvement in the creation of the atomic bomb. The scientist could be played by Cillian Murphy, a comedian the director knows well (he starred in the trilogy The Dark Knight, Inception and Dunkirk).
For this historic film, Christopher Nolan negotiated a substantial budget of $ 100 million, but not only. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that he has imposed several conditions on the studio. Universal will thus have to spend the same amount to ensure the promotion of the film, while offering the director the “Total control” on his feature film. It will also touch 20% of the receipts, and this does not matter the recorded box office, and the studio promises not to release other films three weeks before and after the arrival at the cinema of this one. “It wasn’t a negotiation. Rather, it was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to establish a relationship with one of the most acclaimed successful filmmakers of the 21st century.”, writes the American magazine in front of this “deal” out of the ordinary.
Christopher Nolan’s bomb lands at Universal