J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century, and his life has been the subject of many books, films, and television shows. Christopher Nolan is set to direct a film on him, which will be released in 2019.
Christopher Nolan is set to direct a film on J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb.
After almost two decades at Warner Bros., Christopher Nolan is poised to direct another historical drama, this time on J. Robert Oppenheimer, dubbed the “Father of the Atomic Bomb.”
Following a public spat with Warner Bros. last year over the studio’s plan to simultaneously release its entire 2023 library on HBO Max, Nolan dubbed HBO Max “the worst streaming service” and the studio’s move “a genuine bait and trick…
It’s not how you treat directors, actors, and anyone who have put a lot of effort into these productions. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “they deserved to be contacted and talked to about what was going to happen to their work.”
Universal Pictures has won the rights to fund — with an operating budget of $100 million — and distribute Nolan’s next picture, which is set to begin shooting this spring, according to Deadline.
Despite the fact that many critics panned Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film “Tenet,” the director has a strong track record of box office hits, including his 2014 film “Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight,” and his 2017 Oscar-winning film “Dunkirk,” which is about the pivotal evacuation of Allied forces from mainland Europe in 1940.
Nolan’s next film about Oppenheimer will see the filmmaker return to historical dramas, and there are plenty of them to choose from.
J. Robert Oppenheimer, who oversaw the atomic bomb experiment at Los Alamos, New Mexico, gestures to a picture of the massive column of smoke and flame produced by the bomb’s real deployment on Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Oppenheimer led the United States’ development of the atomic bomb during WWII under the secret name Manhattan Project, which began in 1942.
Oppenheimer stated at the time that the bomb’s development “consist[ed] of many dispersed experimental efforts.”
Despite my lack of administrative experience and my lack of expertise in experimental physics, I felt sufficiently educated and pushed by the issue to gladly accept.”
Oppenheimer and his colleagues were confronted with a bewildering array of theoretical issues.
“The Berkeley participants sought to estimate the yield of an atomic bomb, among other things,” writes historian Robert LaRue. What kind of explosive power might they anticipate from the device they were considering? What consequences could it have?”
Another point of concern? Igniting the atmosphere and perhaps bringing the planet to an end.
While little information about the film has been published, it is expected to concentrate on Oppenheimer’s work at Berkeley and his involvement in the Trinity Test in New Mexico, when the first atomic bomb was safely exploded.
When the Trinity Test was successful, Oppenheimer realized that the world would never be the same again, famously citing the Bhagavad Gita: “Now I have become death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Oppenheimer subsequently said, “I guess we all thought that one way or another.”
The United States detonated Oppenheimer’s bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, killing over 100,000 people and forcing the Japanese Empire to surrender.
The comments of Oppenheimer were prophetic. He had, in fact, developed a weapon that would alter the path of human history for all time.
While casting has yet to be announced for Nolan’s picture on Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, Cillian Murphy, a regular cast member in Nolan’s films, is believed to be a potential part of the ensemble.
The tenet is a principle or belief that is accepted by an organization as the basis for its activities. In this case, Christopher Nolan will be directing a film on J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was the father of the atomic bomb.