Christopher Nolan is reportedly still so incensed by Warner Bros’ decision to put its entire 2021 slate onto HBO Max at the same time as they’re being released theatrically that he is never going to work with the studio again.
That’s according to a source for the Wall Street Journal, who told the publication, “After spending years as a top Warner Bros. director, Christopher Nolan, who wrote and directed last year’s Tenet, is unlikely to return to the studio with his next project, in part because he was disappointed with the studio’s hybrid distribution strategy for 2021.”
Watch: Christopher Nolan teases Tenet sequel
The most blistering put-down he wrote in the piece was, “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.”
Before this news, Nolan and Warner Bros has an incredibly fruitful relationship. In fact, all of his films since 2002’s Insomnia had been released through the studio.
This included 2005’s Batman Begins, 2008’s The Dark Knight, and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, which were particularly profitable for Warner Bros. Other Nolan films during this time included The Prestige, Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk.
In fact, Nolan’s Tenet was released by the studio as recently as August of this year. The likes of Paramount, Disney, and Universal are likely to be interested in signing up Nolan’s next film, while the director’s criticism of Netflix mean that they’re unlikely to be able to persuade him.