Christopher Nolan Might Be Done With Warner Bros. Due To HBO Max Decision

Christopher Nolan is not happy with WarnerMedia. When the studio made the controversial decision to release all of their films for 2021 in both theaters and HBO Max simultaneously, he was among the loudest dissenters. His voice carried a lot of weight, not just because Nolan is one of the best filmmakers around, but because he wasn’t afraid to speak out against Warner Bros. which has been his home for years. Well, that may not be the case any longer.

According to Wall Street Journal, Nolan is “unlikely” to continue his relationship with Warner Bros., partly due to the decision to release films on the same day in theaters and HBO Max. If this report is true, and we don’t know if it is, then WB just lost the biggest gun in their arsenal. Nolan can always be counted on to deliver a massive blockbuster hit, and has been doing so consistently since 2002’s Insomnia.

More than that, they’ve lost a director who has been loyal to them for two decades. The last film he made that wasn’t through WB was Memento in 2001.

Of course, WB breached whatever trust they had with Nolan and other directors when they made this decision without consulting anyone. While this might have been the right move to survive this crazy time we’re in, the long-term fallout could be devastating if filmmakers decide to work elsewhere.

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