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Christopher Nolan is Ready to Bring His Moviemaking Skills to Horror
Christopher Nolan is Ready to Bring His Moviemaking Skills to Horror
Jul 23, 2024 4:34 PM

  Throughout his extensive career, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has demonstrated a knack for navigating diverse genres such as thrillers, space epics, and superhero narratives. Despite these varied ventures, the essence of Nolans filmmaking style remains consistent, even in his latest project Oppenheimer. Surprisingly, Nolan has revealed a hidden fascination with the horror genre, expressing an interest in venturing into it at some point in his career.  In an interview with the British Film Institute, Nolan mentioned his appreciation for horror films without specifically naming any favorites. He admires how the genre heavily relies on cinematic devices to elicit a visceral audience response. What particularly intrigues him about horror is its allowance for bleakness and abstraction—qualities that mainstream Hollywood often shies away from in other film types.  At present, Nolan hasnt pursued a full-fledged horror project due to not yet finding an exceptional idea that fits his vision. However, he has dabbled in horror elements within Oppenheimer, featuring a brief but chilling sequence following the first atomic bomb launch by the Manhattan Project. According to Nolan, this moment aligns with the subject matter, much like how the second and third acts of the film borrow from heist and courtroom drama genres respectively. He chose these familiar genres because they are universally engaging and allow him to explore tense dialogue-driven storytelling, which he finds enjoyable about working within different genres.  Given Nolans penchant for technical mastery and practical effects, the prospect of a horror film directed by him holds immense intrigue. Fans can only hope that he eventually discovers the perfect concept to bring his unique touch to the genre. Following a potential foray into horror, perhaps he could also consider directing a comedy—a challenge that would see him step out of his comfort zone, much like actor Dev Patels recent transition to directing action films.

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