The only thing we know about director Christopher Nolan's next movie is that it will arrive in July, 2017. No title has been announced yet. And there are no story details to go on. Director Quentin Tarantino recently hinted that the untitled project might shoot in 70mm, utilizing the projectors he had installed for his The Hateful Eight Roadshow. Today, we have word that this Untitled Christopher Nolan Movie may actually take place during WWII and revolve around the evacuation of Allied Troops from Dunkirk, France.
At this time, there is no confirmation that Christopher Nolan will be shooting this movie in 70mm, though he has used IMAX cameras on his last couple of projects. La Voix Du Nord does claim to know that the movie will be inspired by Operation Dynamo, which saw the near-miraculous evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk in May through June of 1940. A large number of Belgian, British, and French troops were cut off and surrounded by the German army during the battle of France, which was cause for the operation to happen. The effort saved 140,000 French and Belgian troops, along with 198,000 British soliders. Brittanica.com has this to say about the operation.
"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."
Retired U.S. Army officer George Fielding Eliot, who was reporting for the Britannica Book of the Year in 1941, had this to say about the operation.
"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."
To just drop this as an unsubstantiated rumor would be fairly bizarre, as the information is all based in true history. Current Mayor of Dunkirk, France, Patrice Vergriete, announced this month that an American film will begin shooting in Dunkirk, France this June, and that it is being directed by a world famous filmmaker. La Voix Du Nord reached out to sources who confirm that the director in question is, in fact, Christopher Nolan.
The website goes onto say that Christopher Nolan and his brother Christopher Nolan recently visited Dunkirk incognito. While there, they studied the territory where the operation occurred, looked into its past, and explored the consequences of the conflict. The speculation is that the Nolan brothers are currently location scouting for this upcoming WWII drama.
At this time, there is zero confirmation from anyone involved with the project about what it will be. But a WWII movie shot in IMAX or utilizing the 65mm lens used on The Hateful Eight sounds plausible. We know the director is not making another superhero movie anytime soon. And he just did space travel with his last effort, the 2014 sci-fi drama Interstellar. Perhaps we'll hear more from Warner Bros. or the Nolan Brothers as we head into the new year.