Around the time of The Dark Knight's ground-breaking success, Christopher Nolan ascended from an up-and-coming filmmaker to one whose every project became an event anticipated and scrutinized by the masses. After all, it's not every day that someone creates one of the seminal superhero films, and the world was curious about what the future had in store for the man behind it.
Both Inception and The Dark Knight Rises continued that trend, earning stellar box office and critical acclaim. However, last year's Interstellar proved to be perhaps Nolan's most polarizing release to date - and though it wound up being his lowest domestic earner since before Nolan's time in Gotham City started, the widespread discussion of the film is nonetheless a testament to the director's impact on modern cinema.
Now both Nolan devotees and haters alike have a new date to mark on their calendars. Warner Bros. has announced that the director's next film will arrive in theaters on July 21, 2017, though no details - not a cast, a title or even a logline - were released to clarify exactly what this mysterious project will entail. However, Nolan reportedly finished a "comprehensive" draft of the movie's screenplay this past summer (according to cinematographer Will McCrabb), so answers may arrive sooner than later.
Currently, Nolan's film is set to face-off with Pitch Perfect 3 and Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets during its opening weekend, while Marvel Studios' Spider-Man reboot will arrive a week later. Don't be surprised if Valerian changes dates in the future, though, given that Nolan's movie and Besson's sci-fi comic book adaptation will likely be competing for attention from many of the same filmgoer demographics. The third Pitch Perfect will probably stay put though, as it should compliment the genre appeal of Nolan's latest project (much as Pitch Perfect 2 did with Mad Max: Fury Road when they open on the same weekend earlier this year).
Even though Interstellar underperformed stateside, the film brought in an astounding $675 million worldwide, besting its critics even as it seemingly validated some of our own issues with his films. As such, at this point in his career, Nolan continues to have enough clout as a filmmaker to make pretty much anything he wants. He seems inclined to continue working on original (as is, not based on previously-established intellectual properties) movies, in particular those of the sci-fi variety, but we'll see if that holds true with his next project.
The prospect of a new film from Nolan is sure to intrigue moviegoers who enjoy his craft of cerebral and ambitious cinema, regardless of how well-received the final product ultimately proves to be. The director was reportedly approached to helm Ready Player One before Steven Spielberg signed on to direct it, but there's every chance that Warner Bros. has floated a number of ideas Nolan's way by now. Again, he seems more inclined to go his own way - with either another original project or possibly an intriguing literary adaptation (a la The Prestige) - so, as always, we're curious about what to expect.
Nolan's mysterious next film hits theaters on July 21st, 2017. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest details as this story develops.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, Will McCrabb