Following the box office success and critical praise for his last film Interstellar, Chrisopher Nolan is ready for another collaboration with Warner Bros., setting a July 21, 2017 release date for his next film. No plot details have been given out, but Nolan will indeed be writing and directing he film, as well as helming the producers chair alongside longtime producer Emma Thomas.
Though Hollywood studios have taken a lot of power away from directors in recent years, there are still some out there that can sell a film based purely upon their name. Nolan, whose credits include Inception, Memento, The Prestige, the Dark Knight Trilogy and most recently Interstellar, is one of those directors.
To be fair, the release date is more tentative than anything, as long term planning by studios often leads in the swapping of release dates. Nolan's film is currently scheduled to debut the same weekend as the Luc Besson sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Pitch Perfect 3. Additionally, the release date is two weeks following Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, one week following War of the Planet of the Apes and a week prior to Marvel's upcoming Spider-Man reboot. So expect changes to be made as July 2017 approaches.
The reunion of Nolan with Warner Bros. certainly makes sense, as his Batman trilogy has grossed them a considerable profit and helped revitalize the superhero genre. Nolan's worked with Warner Bros. for nearly all of his career, so it makes sense for him to return. Their working relationship has been successful, and in general they've allowed Nolan to retain all the control he needs for his style of filmmaking.
Even without knowing anything about the story it's exciting to once again see one of the best current directors returning to the chair to continue working. As modern filmmakers go, Nolan is a rarity; he works with major studios and uses excessive budgets, but keeps creative control and pushes the boundaries of cinema. The fact that film fans are excited about his latest project is indicative that fans across the world recognize this skill.