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Christopher Nolan Says ‘Oppenheimer’ Success Marks Post IP Era

After “Oppenheimer” dominated at the summer box office, Nolan saw this as a post-franchise and IP era for cinema.

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This summer, Christopher Nolan had another box-office success with Oppenheimer. Now, he believes cinema has moved beyond relying on intellectual properties and established franchises for cinema. 

Moving Beyond Franchises 

According to a report from Deadline, Christopher Nolan made a statement on Oppenheimer’s success. On the film awards podcast Countdown to the BAFTAs, Nolan expressed his belief that Oppenheimer signaled that Hollywood would finally move beyond relying on established franchises and intellectual properties to bring in audiences. As a whole, he called this a “kind of encouraging” sign for the medium. Given how many failures there have been from recent franchises, there are probably many who would side with Nolan in this statement. Adding to this, Nolan said, “There is an appetite for something people haven’t seen before or an approach to things that people haven’t seen before.”

Nolan’s Film Career 

Of all of the big film directors nowadays, few are more qualified than Christopher Nolan to make this statement. Apart from his critically acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan has built up his reputation by telling original and inventive stories. Examples include the mind-bending Inception, the existential Interstellar, and his most recent, pandemic-enduring TENET.

After “Oppenheimer” dominated at the summer box office, Nolan now sees this as a post-franchise and IP era for cinema. Cillian Murphy stars as J. Robert Oppenheimer in "Oppenheimer."
Cillian Murphy stars as J. Robert Oppenheimer in “Oppenheimer.” Image courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Furthermore, this statement comes after Nolan won a whopping 12 awards during the BAFTA. Because of this, innovators such as Nolan are justified in making this prediction for the future of cinema. Also discussed by Nolan was the satisfaction of finding a studio that would take his film. “It’s an exciting process. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to show people your script and see what they think,” Nolan said. 

Is Nolan Right? 

Generally, Christopher Nolan is both right and wrong. Firstly, it is with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe, with the former collapsing after so many years and the latter finally kicking the bucket. With the end of these two franchises’ grip on the entertainment industry, there could be hope for more original stories to be told. However, one obvious counterexample would be Oppenheimer’s cohort, Barbie. While Barbie was a success based on a massive IP, Gerwig more or less turned the franchise on its head during the story. While critics cannot say for certain, Oppenheimer showed audiences the power of original stories told by good directors.

Oppenheimer will be available on Peacock on February 16.

After “Oppenheimer” dominated at the summer box office, Nolan sees this as a post-franchise and IP era for cinema. John David Washington stars as the protagonist, and Christopher Nolan directs in "TENET."
John David Washington stars as the protagonist, and Christopher Nolan directs in “TENET.” Image courtesy of Warner Bros./ Kobal/Shuttershock.

Oppenheimer (2023) Official Universal Pictures Trailer

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