Christopher Nolan credited his 2023's smashing hit Oppenheimer for new era of cinema, since its highly anticipated release on July 21, 2023.
During his recent appearance at A Trip to the Movies podcast hosted by Alex Zane, the Inception director talked about how Oppenheimer has fueled audience's excitement to watch something new.
“I think the success of Oppenheimer certainly points to a sort of post franchise, post intellectual property, landscape for movies — it’s kind of encouraging.” told Nolan told the podcast host.
Nolan added that Oppenheimer reminded “the studios that there is an appetite for something people haven’t seen before or an approach to things that people haven’t seen before.”
“Everybody has a tendency to talk down the movie business,” said the Interstellar hit maker on the pod.
He continued, “For the whole time I’ve been working in movies, I felt the cultural establishment was always predicting the demise of movie theaters, and I now get asked that question: ‘what do I think about the health of the movie business?’ And I don’t really know how to respond. We just released a three hour R-rated film about quantum physics, and it made a billion dollars. Like what? Obviously, our view is that the audience is excited to see something new.”
The biopic of nuclear physicist Robert J. Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy in the titular role has grossed $953M worldwide to date, and recently bagged 13 Oscars nominations.
Christopher Nolan in the same podcast also reflected on how Oppenheimer's script went through multiple studios, before finally finding its home at Universal, where the project was greenlit by Donna Langley.
“It was the first time that we’d sort of gone out to a lot of different studios with a project in a while,” Nolan revealed.
He further explained, “It’s an exciting process. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to show people your script and see what they think. But we had a great response to it. A lot of people seemed interested in making it, and that was a great position to be in.”
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