Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christopher Nolan to direct World War II flick 'Dunkirk' for Warner Bros.

Christopher Nolan is my favorite working director today. He constantly designs innovative movies and his collection of films contains a laundry list of classics- Memento, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception and so on. He's one of the few directors that sells movies based on his name alone and there is always significant anticipation for his next project. After completing his sci-fi magnum opus Interstellar, there were a lot of questions about what genre Nolan would delve into next. Would he return to the superhero movies that he nearly perfected with his Dark Knight trilogy? Would he go back to the crime roots that began his career and create another film like Memento or Insomnia? Or would he simply stick with the heady sci-fi genre that had made him billions of dollars at the box office? After taking 2015 off to develop new projects, Nolan's next film received a date of July 21, 2017 a couple months ago. Now, we have official details on his next project and I think that it's something that nobody quite expected.

Warner Bros. officially announced earlier this week that Christopher Nolan will be directing Dunkirk, an action thriller set during World War II that tells the story of the legendary battle. Here's the press release:

"Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Christopher Nolan will direct "Dunkirk" from his own original screenplay. An epic action thriller, "Dunkirk" is set during the legendary evacuation. The announcement was made by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production.

The large scale film will be shot on a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film photography for maximum image quality and high impact immersion. Shooting will begin in May using many of the real locations of the true-life events, which form the background for the story.

The cast will be headed by yet-to-be-cast unknowns. Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy are currently in talks to join the ensemble.

Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner Emma Thomas.

Silverman stated, "We are thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with Christopher Nolan, a singular filmmaker who has created some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of all time. 'Dunkirk' is a gripping and powerful story and we are excited to see Chris, Emma and their cast realize it on the big screen."

Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing "Dunkirk" worldwide and has slated the film for a July 21, 2017 release. The film will be released theatrically on IMAX, 70mm, 35mm and all other screens."

I must admit, I never really thought of Christopher Nolan directing a war movie. But I have endless faith in Nolan's talents so I can definitely see this being in his wheelhouse. Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo have yet to receive good cinematic treatments, so I can see the temptation for Nolan to tell the defining story here like Spielberg did for D-Day with Saving Private Ryan. And with a cast led by Rylance, Hardy and Branagh, this definitely has a lot of promise on the acting front. I'll have to really get a good look at Nolan's film to understand what he's going for here, but all I know now is that I'm interested. Dunkirk debuts on July 21, 2017.

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