Why Christopher Nolan Left Warner Bros?
We all know the controversial decision that WarnerBros made for their entire 2021 slate. That is, that they will release their entire 2021 slate on HBO Max, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, as theatres around the world are only allowed to be full till half capacity. Of course, this has taken a huge toll on the box office collections. But it seems like a lot of people have a problem with this decision made by WarnerBros. Many filmmakers have lambasted this latest Warners call, and Nolan is one of them. According to the Wall Street Journal, the belief is that this modern-day directorial great is “unlikely” to work with Warner Bros. in the future.
This call has lead one of the most prized possession of WarnerBros to take a different route and call it quits. The relationship between Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. is one that goes back 20 years at this point, with the two parties first working together on 2002’s stunning Insomnia. In the years since then, Nolan and Warners have put out last year’s Tenent, Dunkirk, Interstellar, Inception, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight trilogy of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. The Dark Knight franchise was one of the highest franchises at its time and every critic around the world could not help but love the outstanding and mind-boggling direction of Nolan.
If Nolan does walk away from Warner Bros., it remains to be seen what will happen with the projects he currently has in development. It is sure that the productions will come to a halt. Or the director hat will be passed on to someone else. But in the past, that call has not helped WarnerBros. 2017 Justice League was supposed to be directed by Zack Snyder, but due to some unfortunate events, Snyder had to pass on the production and direction to Joss Whedon who restructured the movie entirely, and it had to be one of the biggest flops to ever hit WarnerBros and DC’s roster. For Christopher Nolan, he’s a major advocate of the cinema experience, and thus he would seemingly prefer to take his work to a studio that would guarantee a standard theatrical release – rather than making a film immediately available on a premium on-demand streaming service.
One of the biggest sources of anger amongst filmmakers isn’t necessarily that Warner Bros. has opted to release its pictures directly to HBO Max at the same time as theatrical releases, it’s more than the powerhouse studio didn’t even discuss the matter with any of the directors operating under its banner. And when you have a director like Christopher Nolan that has made the company millions and billions and given people movies that they will cherish forever, you must take their opinion into consideration. And if not that, then they should at least have a conversation and put this issue on the pedestal where everyone can see it and comment on it.
This call might affect WarnerBros in the long run and may not seem as profitable as it seems. Let us see what the future holds for WarnerBros and HBO Max collectively.