Christopher Nolan’s Next Action Blockbuster Is Apparently “The Length Of Three Movies”

10 April 2019
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The film fuses A Hitchcock classic with the director’s own Inception

Christopher Nolan’s resume reads something like the Hollywood Hall of Fame, having worked on some of the biggest blockbusters and most cinematic films ever to be produced.

There was Interstellar with its imaginative storyline and McConaughey’s emotional performance; the mind-bending Inception; and more recently, Dunkirk, which seemed to have audiences perpetually on the edge of their seats and struggling to breathe normally due to sheer suspense.

Nolan certainly is one of the filmmaker greats, and whilst his follow-up to Dunkirk has been largely shrouded in mystery it seems we’re finally getting a teaser of what to expect from the legendary director.

The Plot

According to Production Weekly, Nolan’s new film is a “romantic thriller” that’s a cross between Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, and his own film, Inception. The film will also see Nolan join forces with cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, whom he previously worked with on Dunkirk and Interstellar.

Already, fans are curious to know more but what seems to have garnered the most attention in the above is the mention of the word “romantic.” Nolan is known for never dealing directly with romance in his films, so it will be interesting to see what he has planned and just how he executes that on the big screen.

The director confirmed the news while speaking at the UK Cinema Association conference, but in true Nolan style he kept details about the film very hush-hush. He did, however, make a rallying call for filmmakers around the world to direct movies that will encourage filmgoers to leave their homes and get to movie theatres.

Nolan then went on to say that he would be working with exhibitors to ensure his new movie becomes a definitive theatrical experience.

“My memories are not just of the films themselves and the amazing adventures unfolding on screen,” said Nolan. “They’re also of the sense of occasion, of being a young child entering an architectural space that’s so much bigger and grander than myself; the thrill of the curtains opening, moving to enlarge the screen for a widescreen presentation. Above all my enduring memories are of scale, of the size of the screen, the idea of seeing people and places that are larger than life, potentially overwhelming but engrossing and involving.”

The Cast

Variety reports that the Dunkirk director has cast John David Washington—who happens to be the son of Oscar-winner Denzel Washington—in the film. Washington played Ron Stallworth, the real-life African American police officer who managed to infiltrate the Klu Klux Klan Spike Lee‘s BlackKklansman.

More recently however, Robert Pattinson has spoken about the film after it was revealed that the actor has also been signed on to the project. The Brit, who became a mega-star following the cult-like following of the Twilight movies, will also star alongside Elizabeth Debicki.

In an interview with AZ Central, the actor called the film "the craziest thing [he's] seen in years," before adding that "It's the length of three movies." Pattinson also revealed that he was "locked in a room" by Warner Bros when reading the script in an attempt to prevent spoilers from leaking.

Release Date

For what it’s worth, the Variety report also labels the movie as “a massive, innovative, action blockbuster, which will again be shown in Imax.” So, pretty much par for the course for the filmmaker behind the Dark Knight trilogy and Interstellar.

Whilst other details surrounding the project continue to be somewhat vague, Warner Bros. has already set the release date for the film for July 17, 2020 with production commencing in June. Here’s to the New Year, may it come swiftly.

Via GQ Australia