Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Christopher Nolan Exits Warner Bros and Chooses Universal for His J. Robert Oppenheimer Atom Bomb Movie


After a long run, Warner Bros. is no longer home to Christopher Nolan.

The “Tenet” director has chosen Universal Pictures where he’ll make his movie about Robert Oppenheimer and the atom bomb.

Nolan was furious with Warner’s over the release of “Tenet” on HBO Max and on screens simultaneously. He didn’t want “Tenet” on small screens, and reviewers had to see it live last September even as the pandemic raged. is suggesting that Cillian Murphy could be tapped to play Oppenheimer, although I think that’s far fetched. Universal is going to want a Movie Star, and please god not Leonardo DiCaprio. The absolute best choice would be Daniel Day-Lewis, if someone can go up to his farm and pull him by the overalls to a set. (DDL, this is for you.)

One potential title: “Da Bomb.” But I would guess “The Manhattan Project.” Is it a straight telling of the Oppenheimer story? Or will Nolan go back and forth in time with a what/if, what/if not story? Maybe the scientists in Area 51 will take Polaroids and write the equations on them. (Just kidding!)

So here we go, looking at Nolan’s first Oscar movie. If this doesn’t do it, I don’t know what will!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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