What will Be Christopher Nolan's Next Movie After Oppenheimer? The Internet Speculates

"You’ve got to put everything into the one movie and just try and make a great movie because you may not get this chance again.” -Christopher Nolan

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Christopher Nolan is a visionary filmmaker who excels at tossing complex themes into impactful storytelling, exploring beyond what’s on the surface. A few days ago, his iconic biopic about the father of the atomic bomb, Oppenheimer, engraved its place on the Oscar-winning list by taking home seven golden statuettes in major categories, including Best Picture and Best Director. It might come as a surprise that even after making such mind-bending huge movies, he hadn’t received any Oscars until Oppenheimer. However, he was previously nominated as the best director for Dunkirk, which makes Oppenheimer his second nomination and first win at the Oscars.

It’s time to now discuss what's next for the legendary filmmaker. As per reports (via Puck.news), it’s known that Nolan has already started to work on the screenplay for his next film, with no clear update on what it’s going to be. Nevertheless, in this article, we will explore the internet's speculations and take clues from his past interviews to predict his next impressive projects.

What Can Be The Next Christopher Nolan Movie After Oppenheimer?


In a recent conversation with Variety, Nolan revealed how he has tried out numerous types of movies, whether it be a remake or a book adaptation. Although he is very open to welcoming any idea or concept, he has a condition. The root of the idea can be inspired from anywhere, but the movie should be his original creation.

 “Ideas come from everywhere. I’ve done a remake, I’ve made adaptations from comic books and novels, and I’ve written original screenplays. I’m open to anything. But as a writer and director, whatever I do, I have to feel like I own it completely. I have to make it original to me: The initial seed of an idea may come from elsewhere, but it has to go through my fingers on a keyboard and come out through my eyes alone.”

Here’s a list of speculations about Nolan’s next movie that are circulating on the internet.

A horror movie: Earlier, while talking about the horror elements in Oppenheimer, Nolan did express his interest in making a horror movie. However, he said that he would require “an exceptional idea” for the same. This interview also went viral on the internet, as people made memes about Nolan’s use of practical effects in his movies, which in this case could jokingly mean summoning real ghosts and dead bodies.

James Bond Movie: This rumor has already been debunked by Nolan, who has stated that he is not making a 007 movie. Moreover, if not now, then maybe in the future, fans would definitely love seeing this idea of Nolan's Bond movie come to life. Keeping in mind, that the director is no stranger to the espionage world, as he already made an expensive spy movie with time travel elements (Tenet). With Cillian Murphy’s James Bond rumors making the internet crazy, the world will certainly be up for a seventh collaboration between the legendary duo.

Prisoner: Another rumor that’s swirling around the internet is that Nolan is making a film adaptation of the 90s British television series Prisoner. The series was a blend of psychological, espionage, and science-fiction elements and centered around a British intelligence agent who gives up his government job and plans a trip. While packing, he is knocked unconscious and, when awakened, finds himself in a mysterious place referred to as The Village.

These are the only main speculations for now, but we have no idea if they will ever convert into real news. However, one thing that we are sure about is that whatever Nolan is going for next will be a big-budget take. As stated in his previous interview, where he mentioned that he likes working on a large scale and will use his privileged resources in the most productive manner possible (via Time Magazine).

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