Warner Bros. announced today that they are distributing a new Untitled Movie from heralded filmmaker Christopher Nolan, handing out a July 21, 2017 release date for the mystery project. The movie will go up against Universal's Pitch Perfect 3 and an untitled animated movie from 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation and BlueSky Studios. The project will also come just one week after 20th Century Fox's War of the Planet of the Apes on June 14, 2017 and a week before Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man reboot on July 28, 2017.
No plot details have been given at this time, but this deal continues Christopher Nolan's long tradition of working with Warner Bros. The studio has had a hand in all of the filmmaker's movies since 2002's Insomnia, including the blockbuster Batman trilogy Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises, and the 2010 hit Inception. Warner Bros. also co-distributed the filmmaker's The Prestige with Disney's Buena Vista Pictures, and they shared distribution with Paramount on his last film, Interstellar.
With Interstellar, Warner Bros. split production costs with Paramount, with the former handling international distribution and the latter handling domestic distribution. Warner Bros. got the better end out of that deal, with Interstellar taking in $188 million domestically and $487 million internationally. On this new project, though, Warner Bros. has retained global distribution rights. The studio hasn't announced when production may begin, or when we may hear the first casting news.
The news couldn't come at a better time for Warner Bros., which is coming off a disappointing summer at the box office. While Mad Max: Fury Road and San Andreas performed well for the studio, they suffered a string of bombs throughout the rest of the summer, including Hot Pursuit ($34 million domestic, $35 million budget), Entourage ($32 million domestic, $30 million budget) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ($40 million domestic, $75 million budget). Other movies like Magic Mike XXL, Vacation and We Are Your Friends all underperformed as well, during their theatrical runs.
It isn't known if Christopher Nolan wrote the script with his brother and frequent collaborator Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight and The Prestige. A new Christopher Nolan film is certainly exciting news, but without any story details, we'll have to wait and see what subject the filmmaker will tackle next. The filmmaker's stories are always so wildly different from the last, so we'll have to wait and see what subject matter he tackles in his 2017 film.