It was reported final week that visionary director Christopher Nolan signed with Universal for his subsequent movie, formally ending a nine-film streak with Warner Bros. that began with 2002’s Insomnia.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter has lifted the veil on what the studio and filmmaker’s high-level negotiations entailed, providing alleged insider accounts on budgets, theatrical home windows and extra.
Based on the report, a number of studios tried to courtroom the blockbuster director, who got here with quite a few massive calls for on which he was unwilling to budge.
These calls for reportedly included a $100 million manufacturing price range for his upcoming biopic about American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, together with an equally massive advertising and marketing spend.
Moreover, Nolan additionally demanded “complete inventive management, 20 p.c of first-dollar gross, and a blackout interval from which the studio whereby the corporate wouldn’t launch one other film three weeks earlier than or three weeks after his launch.”
Evaluation: why Nolan selected Common
For Nolan, the large deciding issue allegedly got here right down to the movie’s theatrical window – Nolan apparently insisted it’s at the least 100 days, which is greater than double Common’s normal timeframe.
It is mentioned that other than Common, solely Apple and Sony have been legitimately within the working to signal Nolan (Paramount reportedly bowed out early in negotiations), with the studios keen and prepared to satisfy Nolan’s price range and back-end necessities. Apple, nevertheless, wasn’t ready to decide to such a protracted theatrical window.
Sony reportedly got here shut, noting its current success with Quentin Tarantino’s As soon as Upon A Time In Hollywood, although the last word choice reportedly got here right down to Nolan’s current relationship with Common chief Donna Langley, who’s mentioned to have spent years making an attempt to courtroom the director.