Christopher Nolan “unlikely to return” to Warner Bros for next film

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A new report suggests that after nine films together, Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros are not likely to collaborate on the director’s next movie.

In the midst of another flurry of movie release date announcements, Warner Bros is the only studio that’s pretty much not budging on its 2021 slate as things stand. Swings and roundabouts, though: that’s down to the fact that it’s sending its films to its HBO Max streaming service in the US on the same day they’re due to debut in cinemas.


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There’s been significant displeasure from filmmakers over this, and arguably the studio’s most prized director relationship, with Christopher Nolan, has been the most notable.

Nolan said to The Hollywood Reporter back in December that “some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service”.

Warner Bros of course backed and released Nolan’s Tenet last year, and the filmmaker’s eight films before that were all made with the studio. However, it looks like that relationship is now fractured.

In a new piece over at the Wall Street Journal, it’s now being reported that Nolan’s next film is unlikely to be made with Warner Bros. The piece states that Nolan “is unlikely to return to the studio with his next project, in part because he was disappointed with the studio’s hybrid distribution strategy for 2021, according to people familiar with the matter”.

What that next film is and where it ends up remains to be seen.

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