Page semi-protected

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Oppenheimer is an upcoming biographical film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the 2005 book American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. The film stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist credited with being the “father of the atomic bomb” for his role in the Manhattan Project—the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons, with a supporting ensemble cast that includes Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Florence Pugh, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett and Kenneth Branagh. It is a co-production between Universal Pictures, Syncopy Inc. and Atlas Entertainment, with Nolan producing the film alongside Emma Thomas and Charles Roven.

Nolan was announced to write and direct a biographical film about J. Robert Oppenheimer, set during World War II, with Universal Pictures being chosen as the distributor in September 2021. Much of the main cast signed on between September 2021 and April 2022. Pre-production was underway by January 2022, with filming beginning in late February 2022 and wrapped that May. It is filmed in a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film—including, for the first time, sections in IMAX black-and-white analog photography. Like his previous works, Nolan extensively used practical effects and minimal computer-generated imagery.

Oppenheimer is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom and United States on July 21, 2023, by Universal Pictures. It is Nolan’s first film not to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures domestically or internationally since Memento (2000).

Premise

The film follows the life of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during the Manhattan Project in World War II, and his contributions that led to the creation of the atomic bomb.

Cast

Actor Cillian Murphy at Peaky Blinder Premiere Birmingham. World Premiere of Peaky Blinders Season 2.

Portrait of J. Robert Oppenheimer, first director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Production

Development

Christopher Nolan at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

In December 2020, Warner Bros. Pictures announced plans to give its 2021 films simultaneous releases in theaters and on HBO Max due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the film industry. Christopher Nolan, who had partnered with the studio on each one of his films starting with Insomnia (2002), expressed his disbelief with the decision.[34] In January 2021, media reports mentioned the possibility that Nolan’s next film could be the first to not be financed or distributed by Warner Bros.[35] Nolan had previously supported the studio’s decision to give Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) a simultaneous release, stating that he perceived this situation to have been handled properly, but said he had been excluded from any discussions regarding the postponed release of his film Tenet (2020).[36][37]

In September 2021, it was announced that Nolan would write and direct a biographical film set during World War II about J. Robert Oppenheimer, creator of the atomic bomb, with Cillian Murphy in negotiations to star.[38] Nolan approached multiple studios for the project, including Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, and Apple Studios due to his strained relationship with Warner Bros.[39][40] According to insiders, Paramount was out of the selection early on in the wake of the replacement of CEO and Chairman Jim Gianopulos with Brian Robbins, an advocate for increased streaming service releases.[40] On September 14, it was confirmed that Universal would finance and distribute the film, with production set to begin in the first quarter of 2022.[41] Some of Nolan’s demands included a production budget of $100 million and an equal marketing budget, a theatrical window of at least 100 days, 20 percent of the film’s first-dollar gross, and a three-week period before and after the film’s release in which Universal could not release another new film.[40]

Casting

Oppenheimer marks the sixth collaboration between Nolan and Murphy, and the first starring Murphy as the lead. To prepare for the role, the actor did what he summarized as “an awful lot of reading” on Oppenheimer’s life.[42][1] The casting process was so secretive that some of the actors did not know which role they were going to play until they signed on.[18] Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, and Emily Blunt took pay cuts to work on the film, earning $4 million each in lieu of their usual $10–20 million salaries.[43]

Filming

Pre-production was underway by January 2022 in New Mexico, where a two-day casting call took place in Santa Fe and Los Alamos for people to audition to play local residents, military personnel and scientists.[44][45] Another casting call was held in February.[46] Filming began in late February 2022,[10] with Hoyte van Hoytema serving as cinematographer. In the second week of April, filming took place at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.[47] The film uses a combination of IMAX 65 mm and 65 mm large-format film.[1] It is also the first film to shoot sections in IMAX black and white analog photography.[48] Gary Oldman said he would be on set for a day in May for “one scene, a page and a half”.[31] Filming also occurred in California,[32] primarily around the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.[49] Filming wrapped after four months in May 2022.[50] Filming involved the use of real explosives to recreate the Trinity nuclear test, forgoing the use of computer generated graphics.[51]

Post-production

During post-production, editing will be completed by Jennifer Lame, who previously edited Tenet.[1] Visual effects were handled by DNEG, marking their eighth collaboration with Nolan. Andrew Jackson was the visual effects supervisor.[52]

Music

In October 2021, Ludwig Göransson was revealed to be composing the score for the film, after previously doing so for Tenet.[1]

Release

Oppenheimer is scheduled to be released theatrically on July 21, 2023, by Universal Pictures in IMAX 70mm, vertical 70 mm, and 35 mm.[1][53] Considering the film’s budget and marketing costs, Variety stated that the film will need to gross at least $400 million worldwide to make a profit.[54]

Marketing

A teaser trailer was released in July 2022, featuring a live countdown to 5:29 AM (MST) on July 16, 2023, the 78th anniversary of the first detonation of an atomic weapon; it premiered in screenings of Nope before being posted online on Universal’s social media profiles.[55] Two more trailers premiered in front of Avatar: The Way of Water, one of which was exclusive to IMAX screenings.[56]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kroll, Justin (October 8, 2021). “Cillian Murphy Confirmed to Star As J. Robert Oppenheimer In Christopher Nolan’s Next Film At Universal, Film Will Bow in July 2023”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 8, 2021. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 20, 2021). “Emily Blunt In Talks To Join Christopher Nolan’s Next Film Oppenheimer At Universal”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 2, 2021. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (November 2, 2021). “Robert Downey Jr. And Matt Damon Latest Stars To Join Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 2, 2021. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Kit, Borys (December 9, 2021). “Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie Join Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer (Exclusive)”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on December 10, 2021. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Lang, Brent (February 22, 2022). “Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Releases Moody First Look, Kenneth Branagh Joins Cast”. Variety. Archived from the original on February 22, 2022. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 4, 2022). “Josh Hartnett Joins Christopher Nolan’s Next Film Oppenheimer. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 4, 2022. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  7. ^ Grobar, Matt (February 22, 2022). “Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Gets First-Look Photo As Kenneth Branagh Joins Cast”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 22, 2022. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (February 7, 2022). “Dane DeHaan Joins Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer (Exclusive)”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 7, 2022. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  9. ^ a b Kit, Borys (February 16, 2022). “Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Adds Halloween Kills, Manifest Actors (Exclusive)”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 16, 2022. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  10. ^ a b c Kit, Borys (February 22, 2022). Oppenheimer: Alden Ehrenreich, David Krumholtz Join Christopher Nolan Drama (Exclusive)”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 22, 2022. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  11. ^ Remley, Hilary (February 22, 2022). Ironheart Adds Alden Ehrenreich to Marvel Disney+ Series”. Collider. Archived from the original on July 21, 2022. Retrieved July 21, 2022.
  12. ^ Grobar, Matt (February 16, 2022). Oppenheimer: Matthew Modine Joins Christopher Nolan’s Film For Universal”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 16, 2022. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 15, 2022). The Boys Star Jack Quaid Joins Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 15, 2022. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  14. ^ Couch, Aaron (February 25, 2022). “David Dastmalchian Reuniting With Christopher Nolan for Oppenheimer (Exclusive)”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 25, 2022. Retrieved February 25, 2022.
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 1, 2022). Oppenheimer: Jason Clarke Joins Christopher Nolan’s Next Tentpole At Universal”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 1, 2022. Retrieved March 1, 2022.
  16. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (March 9, 2022). Drake and Josh Star Josh Peck Joins Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer (Exclusive)”. Variety. Archived from the original on June 9, 2022. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  17. ^ Grobar, Matt (March 16, 2022). “Devon Bostick Joins Universal’s Oppenheimer; Sony’s George Foreman Biopic Adds Deion Smith”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 18, 2022. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  18. ^ a b Kit, Borys (March 22, 2022). Oppenheimer: Alex Wolff Joins All-Star Cast of Christopher Nolan Drama (Exclusive)”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 27, 2022. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  19. ^ Couch, Aaron (March 23, 2022). Oppenheimer Enlists Tony Goldwyn (Exclusive)”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 23, 2022. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  20. ^ a b White, James (March 1, 2022). Oppenheimer Adds Jason Clarke And Louise Lombard”. Empire. Archived from the original on March 2, 2022. Retrieved March 2, 2022.
  21. ^ Grobar, Matt (April 4, 2022). “Christopher Denham & Josh Zuckerman Join Oppenheimer; Shane Dax Taylor’s Indie Best Man Adds Andrey Ivchenko”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 31, 2022. Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  22. ^ Grobar, Matt (March 2, 2022). “Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Adds James D’Arcy & Michael Angarano”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 3, 2022. Retrieved March 2, 2022.
  23. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 11, 2022). Army Of The Dead Breakout Matthias Schweighöfer Joins Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 9, 2022. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  24. ^ “Schweighöfers nächste große Rolle” [Schweighöfer’s next big role]. Der Spiegel (in German). November 2, 2022. Archived from the original on February 12, 2023. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
  25. ^ Grobar, Matt (March 4, 2022). “Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Casts No Exit Star David Rysdahl (Exclusive)”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 17, 2022. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  26. ^ a b Grobar, Matt (March 7, 2022). “Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Adds Guy Burnet & Danny Deferrari”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 22, 2022. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  27. ^ Grobar, Matt (March 1, 2022). “Louise Lombard Joins Oppenheimer; Harold And The Purple Crayon Adds Camille Guaty”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 22, 2022. Retrieved March 1, 2022.
  28. ^ a b Grobar, Matt (March 10, 2022). Oppenheimer: Harrison Gilbertson & Emma Dumont Board Christopher Nolan’s Thriller For Universal”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 10, 2022. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  29. ^ Couch, Aaron (March 15, 2022). Oppenheimer Enlists Vikings Actor Gustaf Skarsgard (Exclusive)”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 4, 2022. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  30. ^ Grobar, Matt (March 29, 2022). “Billy Slaughter Joins Amazon’s The Burial; Oppenheimer Adds Trond Fausa”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 4, 2022. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
  31. ^ a b Grater, Tom (April 1, 2022). “Gary Oldman Says He Is Appearing In One Scene In Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 23, 2022. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  32. ^ a b D’Alessandro, Anthony (April 15, 2022). “Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Adds Olivia Thirlby”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 4, 2022. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  33. ^ Francis-Crow, Alana (April 23, 2022). Oppenheimer Set Photos Reveal Casey Affleck Is Cast In New Nolan Movie”. Screen Rant. Archived from the original on April 24, 2022. Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  34. ^ Boone, John (December 7, 2020). “Christopher Nolan Reflects on Tenet Release, Reacts to Warner Bros./HBO Max Deal (Exclusive)”. Entertainment Tonight. Archived from the original on October 9, 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  35. ^ Watson, R.T. (January 21, 2021). “Want to Be a Hollywood Player? Covid and Streaming Have Changed All the Rules”. The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on October 9, 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  36. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (December 10, 2020). “After Christopher Nolan’s explosive remarks, could Warner Bros. lose its superstar director?”. Variety. Archived from the original on December 10, 2020. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  37. ^ Katz, Brandon (February 3, 2021). “Where will Christopher Nolan go after his war with Warner?”. The New York Observer. Archived from the original on February 3, 2021. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  38. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 9, 2021). “Christopher Nolan Bombshell: Director Talking To Multiple Studios On Film He’ll Direct About J. Robert Oppenheimer & Development Of The A-Bomb In WWII”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 10, 2021. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  39. ^ Kit, Borys (September 9, 2021). “Sony, Universal Among Studios Vying for New Christopher Nolan Movie”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 11, 2021. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  40. ^ a b c Kit, Borys (September 15, 2021). “Inside the Studios’ (And Apple’s) Frenzy to Get Christopher Nolan’s Next Film”. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 15, 2021. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  41. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 14, 2021). “Christopher Nolan Chooses Universal Pictures For His Film About J. Robert Oppenheimer & The A-Bomb”. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 14, 2021. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  42. ^ Cumming, Ed (February 20, 2022). ‘It’s the end of a big adventure’: Cillian Murphy bids farewell to Peaky Blinders. The Guardian. Archived from the original on February 20, 2022. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  43. ^ Lang, Brent (July 20, 2022). “Inside Movie Stars’ Salaries: Joaquin Phoenix Nabs $20M for Joker 2, Tom Cruise Heads to Over $100M and More”. Variety. Archived from the original on July 20, 2022. Retrieved July 21, 2022.
  44. ^ Gomez, Adrian (January 29, 2022). Oppenheimer to film in New Mexico this year”. Albuquerque Journal. Archived from the original on January 26, 2022. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  45. ^ Tashji, Michael (January 30, 2022). “Hundreds turn out for Oppenheimer casting call”. The Santa Fe New Mexican. Archived from the original on January 31, 2022. Retrieved February 14, 2022.
  46. ^ Vitu, Teya (February 3, 2022). “Two more movie shoots come to New Mexico; Oppenheimer calls for more extras”. The Santa Fe New Mexican. Archived from the original on February 4, 2022. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  47. ^ Salvadore, Sarah (April 12, 2022). “Christopher Nolan, Cillian Murphy Film In Princeton For Oppenheimer?”. Patch. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  48. ^ Bergeson, Samantha (February 22, 2022). Oppenheimer First Look: Cillian Murphy Smolders in Christopher Nolan’s Atomic Bomb Drama”. IndieWire. Archived from the original on February 22, 2022. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  49. ^ Wendorf, Frances (May 2, 2022). “Florence Pugh Walks With Cillian Murphy In Oppenheimer Set Photo”. Screen Rant. Archived from the original on May 2, 2022. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  50. ^ Ruimy, Jordan (June 6, 2022). “Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Wraps Shooting”. World of Reel. Archived from the original on June 6, 2022. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  51. ^ Maytum, Matt (December 12, 2022). “Christopher Nolan: Oppenheimer is one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever taken on in terms of scale’. GamesRadar+. Archived from the original on December 13, 2022. Retrieved December 13, 2022.
  52. ^ Tangcay, Jazz (July 21, 2022). “Christopher Nolan Reunites With VFX Studio DNEG for Oppenheimer, Their Eighth Movie Together”. Variety. Archived from the original on July 20, 2022. Retrieved July 21, 2022.
  53. ^ Lawrence, Gregory (October 8, 2021). “Christopher Nolan’s New Movie Oppenheimer Sets 2023 Release Date”. Collider. Archived from the original on October 9, 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  54. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (November 18, 2021). “Why Christopher Nolan’s $100 Million WWII Drama Oppenheimer Could Be the Last of Its Kind”. Variety. Archived from the original on November 18, 2021. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  55. ^ Parham, Lee (July 28, 2022). “Link Tank: First Oppenheimer Trailer is a Countdown Clock”. Den of Geek. Archived from the original on August 18, 2022. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  56. ^ Bahr, Lindsey (December 13, 2022). “Nolan to debut Oppenheimer IMAX trailer with Avatar 2. AP News. Archived from the original on December 15, 2022. Retrieved December 16, 2022.

External links

Read More