It’s totally unusual for two of the year’s most anticipated films – potential blockbusters – to hit theaters on the same day. However, this was the case in 2023. Barbieby Greta Gerwig, and Oppenheimer, by Christopher Nolan, has the same theatrical release date; a situation that entails a “confrontation” that has caused amusement and fascination in the eyes of the public, but may not be so fortunate for one or the other involved in the production or distribution of the above tapes is.
This week, insider published an article in which he claims — based on testimony from four anonymous sources — that Christopher Nolan himself was upset by Warner Bros.’ decision to publish Barbie the same weekend that Universal Pictures had already scheduled Oppenheimer.
Presumably the reason for his anger—aside from the danger that both films might pose at the box office simultaneously—was that the film, starring Margot Robbie, would take up what is known in the industry as “Nolan’s Weekend.” ; So that field in the calendar, mid-July, which has been the favorite of the filmmaker responsible for it for years Dunkirk And The origin release their feature films.
According to the sources of insiderThere were even dedicated Nolan exhibitors trying to convince Warner Bros. to change their release schedule and release Nolan Barbie another date, but the study declined.
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A very risky hypothesis is that the trader is behind it Barbie chose the same day accordingly Oppenheimer with the intention of challenging its director. It’s worth remembering that prior to his recent collaboration with Universal, Nolan worked for many years with Warner Bros., whose label has since become dominant in the Oscar nominee’s filmography insomnia (2002) to principle (2020). But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the studio decided to release all of its 2021 productions in theaters streaming At the same time, Nolan strongly condemned this decision and eventually terminated all employment with the company.
In the last days, insider spoke personally to the British filmmaker. When they asked him if he had already had a chance to see it Barbie, Nolan replied emphatically with a, “No.” A reaction that, according to American media, expressed a certain tinge of disinterest. He was then asked if he thought the “Barbenheimer” – a term that originated online to refer to the battle between the two summer films – stemmed from his enmity with Warner.
“You should know by now that I’m not going to answer that question. I just want to say that those of us who care about the cinematic experience have longed for a crowded market with many different films. That’s what cinemas have now, and those of us who are into cinema are excited,” Nolan explained.
Barbie And Oppenheimer They will hit Mexican theaters on July 20, 2023.