Christopher Nolan is a force to be reckoned with. The director has made as few as nine feature films since 1998, but all of them have been major box office hits. He has received no less than 26 Academy Award nominations (and won seven), while his movies have grossed $4.2 billion worldwide.

And now, the genius is back to work on a new project. The film may not yet have its name or an official plot, but Nolan’s next blockbuster sure has its release date. Warner Brothers Pictures announced that The Dark Knight Rises director’s upcoming movie is set to release on July 21, 2017. It will be interjected between War of the Planet of the Apes (July 14) and a reboot of the Spider-Man series (July 28). Sony Pictures, along with Marvel Studios, are co-producers.

As of now, there are little to no credible details available on Nolan’s future film. But there are two plausible reasons for the sandwich scheduling—the first being that the studio bosses believe the movie will stand out of the crowd, given its dramatic difference, and second, they think that the film will be so huge that competition from its counterparts is as good as negligible.


Of course, it’s hard to predict the real reason, for it might just be both or even neither of the above. As of now, the director’s new film will compete with two others that same weekend: the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 3, along with Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an adventurous sci-fi flick starring Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, and Dane DeHaan.

The month of July 2017 will turn out to be one of the most jam-packed for movie buffs, given that July 7 is the day Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, starring one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors, Johnny Depp, is set to hit theaters.

After Nolan’s recent high-profile Interstellar, the influential filmmaker is currently engrossed in promotional activities to support The Quay Brothers in 35mm, which is a retrospective based on the legendary stop-motion animator brothers (Timothy and Stephen Quay). Besides curating the short film series, Nolan has also contributed a short film of his own, aptly called Quay.

Marshall, R., “Christopher Nolan’s Next Movie Will Hit Theaters In 2017,” Digital Trends web site, September 9, 2015.

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