Could Christopher Nolan be convinced to push all of his chips in for a streaming deal following his tumultuous exit from a longtime partnership with Warner Bros.? It certainly seems possible if you ask Scott Stuber, Netflix’s film chief. Stuber teased the possibility of Nolan signing on to work with the streamer to make his next big features in a Variety profile published this week.
Nolan’s future in film has felt uncertain following his very public falling out with Warner Bros. in 2020. A well-known proponent of the theater-going experience, Nolan made headlines when he spoke out against Warner Bros.’ decision to release its entire 2021 slate in a day-and-date theatrical and HBO Max release strategy. The director’s choice words against the studio he had worked closely with for years hinted at a major and unfixable rift between the two parties. In January of this year, the Wall Street Journal (via IndieWire) reported that Nolan was “unlikely to return to the studio with his next project,” although neither Warner Bros. nor Nolan issued an official statement. This big break-up meant that Nolan, one of the most respected and intriguing filmmakers of his generation, was suddenly a free agent and his future projects would need to find a new distribution home elsewhere.