I wouldn’t ordinarily get excited upon hearing that a director with consistent output these last 15 years is gearing up to make a movie, and writing about it would feel like an exercise in futility in most cases. However for me and for many others, it would appear that this isn’t most cases. The rundown? After his brief foray into documentary filmmaking, Christopher Nolan’s next feature is all set to release July 21, 2017. Warner Brothers will distribute the film, and…. that’s pretty much all we know so far.
Nolan’s previous feature, Interstellar (November 2014), was a joint effort with Paramount, but the three films he made prior to that, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises, were all exclusively distributed by WB. Not only that, they were all released on the third Friday in July, and went on to gross a total of $2.9 billion worldwide, so even though we don’t know what the movie is, it’s safe to say that the studio thinks it could be big. The summer blockbuster is a canvas that Nolan works well on, and that third-week-of-July sweet spot is usually where Warner Brothers tends to play its big hitters. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 went on to become one of the highest grossing movies of all time after coming out that same weekend, and prior to being pushed to 2016, it’s also when we were originally meant to get Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice*.
The film might not have the easiest time climbing the box-office charts though. While Nolan’s previous big efforts went relatively unchallenged, this next one comes out alongside Pitch Perfect 3, and is sandwiched between films like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and War of the Planet of the Apes on one side, and Pacific Rim 2 and the new Spider-Man movie on the other. Summer movie season is going to keep getting more crowded, so it’ll be interesting to see how well WB’s prized formula fares a few years down the line.
As for the production itself? Nolan’s the kind of guy whose secrecy puts J.J. Abrams to shame, so your guess is as good as mine. It’ll probably be shot on a combination of 35mm and 70mm IMAX film, and will likely feature Michael Caine in some capacity. Another protagonist with a dead wife, perhaps? I should hope not. Either way, I’m curious to see what crazy parallel-action he concocts next, especially if it’s an original project.
*The whole title is a perk