Christopher Nolan is moving away from Warner Bros for his next movie

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Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

Christopher Nolan is set to break with tradition for his next movie and not work with Warner Bros for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Ever since 2002's Insomnia, the director has released all his movies – including The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and Tenet – under the famed studio.

However, Deadline now reports that his next project will be financed and distributed under Universal Pictures instead.

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

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The movie will focus on theoretical physicist J Robert Oppenheimer, who played a pivotal role in the development of the atom bomb, which ended World War II.

The director is no stranger to the period, having made Dunkirk, which was released to huge acclaim in 2017.

The as-yet-untitled film will also see Nolan produce alongside longtime producing partner and wife Emma Thomas.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

It will apparently begin production in the first quarter of 2022, with reports claiming that Cillian Murphy is in the mix for a key role – though nothing is set in stone currently.

The news comes after Nolan criticised Warner Bros' decision to release its 2021 movies simultaneously in cinemas and on streaming service HBO Max, arguing that it "makes no economic sense".

"Some of our industry's biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service," he said last year.

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Photo credit: Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage - Getty Images

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"Warner Bros had an incredible machine for getting a filmmaker's work out everywhere, both in theatres and in the home, and they are dismantling it as we speak.

"They don't even understand what they're losing. Their decision makes no economic sense, and even the most casual Wall Street investor can see the difference between disruption and dysfunction."

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