Christopher Nolan and the creator of the atomic bomb: one of his future projects will deal with the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer
According to Deadline, the new film from the director of ‘Tenet’ and ‘Origin’ will continue in a way what we already saw in ‘Dunkirk’, and will again address the inexhaustible world of World War II. It will be with a film about the life of what was known as “the father of the atomic bomb”, J. Robert Oppenheimer, famous for paraphrasing the famous “Now I have become death, the destroyer of worlds” when he saw the havoc his invention caused in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Deadline points to the movie It could be produced outside of Warner Bros., unlike the director’s latest and most famous films, who since the Batman trilogy had become one of the company’s most prominent authors. One of the possible reasons that other producers are reading the script and considering producing it could be the disagreements that Nolan has had with Warner due to the decision to release at the same time in theaters and HBO Max.
Oppenheimer, the scientist who sparked chaos
Although the script is written, the data on Nolan’s approach is very scarce. In the case of the director of ‘Memento’, it is unlikely that we will face a typical biopic, although it is clearly possible that a good part of the film takes place in the environment of the Manhattan Project, which managed to develop the first nuclear weapons in history.
Oppenheimer, remorseful for the deaths caused by the destructive device he had helped design, held a highly critical position after the War, and as head of the nascent Atomic Energy Commission, advocated strict control of nuclear weapons to stop arms escalation during the Cold War. In the 1950s, this controversial position made him suspected of sympathizing with communism, and he spent the rest of his life focused on the research of quantum physics, giving rise to essential theories about neutron stars and black holes, among other fields of science. Knowing Nolan and seeing him in movies like ‘Interstellar’ it wouldn’t be surprising if he wanted to focus on this part of Oppenheimer’s life.