As the filmmaker behind such projects as The Dark Knight, Inception, and Interstellar, Christopher Nolan is no stranger to working on a large canvas and toying with ambitious ideas. One of his calling cards as a director is shooting as much in-camera as possible, often going to great lengths to get the scene just right. He famously flipped a real 18-wheeler for the climactic moment of The Dark Knight's car chase, and completed the jaw-dropping plane heist sequence in The Dark Knight Rises practically. In an era where CGI has become the norm, Nolan prefers to do things the old fashioned way.
The director is currently working on his World War II drama Dunkirk, which is scheduled for release next summer. Though Nolan is working in a different genre this time out, he isn't making many alterations to his filming technique. If a new rumor is to be believed, Warner Bros. is paying a hefty price tag to acquire a vintage WWII aircraft to use for an action sequence.
According to Indie Revolver, the studio recently forked over $5 million for a WWII plane, said to be a German Luftwafee. The vehicle will be fitted with IMAX cameras. Once everything is complete, the crew will crash the plane - harkening back to the aforementioned opening of Dark Knight Rises.
With Nolan calling the shots, there's no denying that this will looks visually stunning on the big screen, but some may question the necessity of destroying an actual piece of history. Digital technology continues to evolve and is more convincing than ever. J.J. Abrams, who incorporated several practical effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, used realistic CGI to portray ships in the movie's various aerial fights. However, WB obviously believes it's a worthwhile investment. Indie Revolver's sources say the studio thinks Dunkirk will be a massive hit a la Inception, which took in $825 million at the worldwide box office. That may not convince the naysayers that crashing a WWII plane is justified, but WB remains confident they'll make their money back and then some.
It remains to be seen how successful Dunkirk will be, but odds are it'll prove to be a winner for WB. Nolan has consistently posted strong figures commercially, as even the divisive Interstellar made $675.1 million globally (on a $165 million production budget). In addition to having a top tier director, the war drama boasts an all-star cast featuring the likes of Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, and Cillian Murphy. There is no shortage of World War II films out there, but the era remains a popular choice among filmgoers. In 2014, audiences made The Imitation Game, Fury, and Unbroken financial hits, so there will most likely be interest in seeing what Nolan can do with the material.
After the head trips of Inception and Interstellar (not to mention, the questions surrounding The Dark Knight Rises' ending), a relatively straightforward war picture based on a true story sounds like a refreshing change-of-pace for the director. Nolan has been criticized in the past for perhaps being too emotionally cold with his movies, but he typically always finds a way to make the narrative compelling. Film buffs have several reasons to anticipate the premiere of Dunkirk, and it could become one of Nolan's most memorable works yet.
Dunkirk hits U.S. theaters July 21, 2017.
Source: Indie Revolver