Christopher Nolan has certainly made some thought-provoking films of late. From The Dark Knight Trilogy and The Prestige, to his most recent film, Interstellar, Nolan has left a huge mark on the Hollywood scene. Ever since his last amazing effort on his previous film, we wonder what his next project could be. A few months ago we heard that Nolan’s secret project is set to be released in 2017.
The film in question is Dunkirk and it will be a WWII epic. The film is based on Operation Dynamo and the evacuation of the Allied forces from France in June 1940, the lowest point in the fight against Hitler. Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), and Kenneth Branagh (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) will be joining Tom Hardy who previously worked with Nolan on both The Dark Knight Rises and Inception.
Shooting on the film will begin this summer and it will be filmed in IMAX 65mm and 65mm format. Nolan will also write the script as well as direct, and there have been rumors of cinematographer Wally Pfister returning. Pfister has worked with Nolan on his films going back to Memento in 2000. Nolan hired Hoyte van Hoytema, a Dutch-Swede cinematographer, in 2013 when Pfister wasn’t available due to directing his first feature film Transcendence. News came out that Hoytema recently joined the American Society of Cinematographers and also that he is “currently prepping an untitled feature for director Christopher Nolan, with whom he first collaborated on Interstellar.”
As of right now, the only film on Nolan’s radar is Dunkirk, so that likely is the untitled feature that the note is referring to. We often forget that Hoytema has an impressive track record being a part of films such as The Fighter, Tinker Taylor Solider Spy, and the latest Bond film Spectre which all had terrific cinematography.
His work on the film Interstellar amazed audiences and it will be interesting to see what he will do next with the same format being being used for Dunkirk. Nolan has time and time again proven he can entertain audiences by using one of the best formats in film but we won't truly witness another great effort until next year.
Dunkirk is set to release in theaters in July 21, 2017