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Christopher Nolan heads to WWII for his next movie and it sounds truly epic

December 28th, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments


Christopher Nolan has been in no rush announcing his follow-up to the insanely ambitious sci-fi epic Interstellar. His exploration of space and wormholes was released in cinemas over a year ago, but he is yet to be formally attached to directing another film.

However, that may have changed now.

“And Christopher Nolan is coming right behind me,” Quentin Tarantino said in a recent talk with Paul Thomas Anderson about The Hateful Eight and 70mm projection.

Nolan has an upcoming film set for a summer 2017 release. Now we know, thanks to Tarantino and PTA, that it’s going to be 70mm.

According to La Voix Du Nord in France, Nolan is prepping a WWII inspired by Operation Dynamo aka the near-miraculous evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk which took place from May-June in 1940. The operation was sanctioned when large numbers of Belgian, British, and French troops were cut off and surrounded by the German army, during the Battle of France. 198,000 British and 140,000 French and Belgian troops were saved in the effort.

Here’s some further info from “The immediate context of the Dunkirk evacuation was Germany’s invasion of the Low Countries and northern France in May 1940. On May 10 the German attack on the Netherlands began with the capture by parachutists of key bridges deep within the country, with the aim of opening the way for mobile ground forces. The Dutch defenders fell back westward, and by noon on May 12 German tanks were on the outskirts of Rotterdam. Queen Wilhelmina and her government left the country for England on May 13, and the next day the Dutch army surrendered to the Germans.”

Reporting for the 1941 Britannica Book of the Year, retired U.S. Army officer George Fielding Eliot wrote: “No purely military study of the major aspects of the war could do justice to the skill and the heroism of the evacuation from Dunkirk. Suffice it to say only that, when it began, members of the British imperial general staff doubted that 25% of the B.E.F. could be saved. When it was completed, some 330,000 French and British troops, together with some Belgian and Dutch forces who refused to surrender, had reached haven in England.”

Patrice Vergriete, the current Mayor of Dunkirk, France, apparently announced the filming of an American blockbuster that would take place June 2016 by a “a world-famous director.” La Voix Du Nord, a regional daily newspaper from the north of France, claims their sources have confirmed that director is Nolan.

Here’s what they said, via some bad Google translation (it is a French publication after all): “Completely incognito during his recent visits to Dunkirk with his brother Jonathan, [Christopher Nolan] absorbed the territory, its past and the consequences of the conflict.” So if their intel is on point, it sounds like brothers Nolan are currently doing early location scouting.

So we have an epic WWII movie shot in IMAX? We’re excited already.

Source: Squareeyed

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.