Details emerge of Christopher Nolan’s deal with Universal

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If you want to attract Christopher Nolan to your studio, it turns out he comes with a list of terms and conditions.

Just in case you’re a studio head reading this and contemplating a last-minute raid on Universal to try and secure the services of Christopher Nolan, you might want to finish this article first.

Whilst Nolan’s contract with Universal is said to be in the final stages of negotiations, there’s a long list of demands that reportedly come with securing the services of such a successful and prestigious director. Sony, Apple and others were all said to be courting the director at one point when his departure from Warner Bros became an inevitability, following his public dressing down of the studio over its decision to release its films both theatrically and via its streaming service. However, it’s Universal that have seemingly won his favour, with the studio reportedly meeting Nolan’s demands, which have now become public.

According to Variety, Nolan’s demands included a $100 million budget for his next project, a film about Robert J Oppenheimer, the ‘father’ of the atomic bomb. Nolan also wants total creative control of the film and 20% of the first-dollar gross. Reportedly, Nolan is also requesting a six-week non-release period surrounding the theatrical release of his Oppenheimer film, throughout which Universal will not release any other films. We have to imagine that this request would be granted on a wait-and-see basis, given the current state of the world, but who knows?

The list of demands features as part of a wider story on the chase to secure Nolan’s services, and it’s well worth a few minutes of your time.

Whilst Nolan’s expectations may raise eyebrows in some quarters, most of them are contractual elements that he had already earned at Warner Bros, plus you can’t help but admire the director’s commitment to the theatrical cause, even if demanding a 100 day theatrical window probably lost him Apple’s interest immediately. We’ll bring you more details of Nolan’s next film as we hear them.

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