Christopher Nolan’s Next Film May Be About WWII, and That’s Awesome

Christopher Nolan is one of those directors, like Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson, who’s next project is probably just as anticipated as the one they just finished. If the news circulating is accurate, it appears Nolan is heading into some unfamiliar territory with his next project, an historical World War II film about Operation Dynamo, a rescue mission that was a “near-miraculous evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk which took place from May-June in 1940.”

According to the report at The Playlist, Nolan is angling towards this as his next project, which already has a release date of July 21, 2017. And which he will almost certainly shoot in 70mm. That’s when you know you’re a big deal as a director, when your next project has a release date and nothing else substantial.

This is exciting news for me, as I imagine it is for any fans of Nolan who want to see him take a new direction with his larger-than-life filmmaking. I adore the ambition behind hid Batman films, the mind-bending curiosity of Interstellar and Inception, and his smaller works like FollowingMemento and The Prestige (yeah, he did a remake of Insomnia too, shh). But for all his grandiosity and scope, Nolan has never been handcuffed by the real world. His stories are always in some realm of fiction, never grounded by anything the audience knows ahead of time – unless you count Tesla’s participation in The Prestige.

Taking on an actual historical event is decidedly different for a director who has made a distinct mark as a fantastical visual master. His ideas have always been in the forefront of his epic works. But now, the story has already been told for him.

It’s a new approach for Christopher Nolan, one I’m sure he will manage. His filmmaking style, broad and expansive, fits, the material. I can’t wait to see what he does with it.

Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry is the managing editor for Monkeys Fighting Robots. The Dalai Lama once told him when he dies he will receive total consciousness. So he's got that going for him... Which is nice.