For 2014’s Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan decided to release the film two days earlier so theaters with the technological capabilities could project it in 35mm and 70mm formats. According to a new report, he’ll do that again with his next project, Dunkirk.
Based on information gleaned from a source, Indie Revolver reports that Warner Bros. and Nolan are planning an early release for the World War II drama in these formats on July 19, 2017, two days before its wide release on July 21st. While no other information was offered, Interstellar’s early bow came to 240 theaters.
Reps for Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to Collider’s request for comment.
An initial press release announcing Nolan at the helm of Dunkirk noted the film was shot in “a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film photography.” The film stars Nolan regulars Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, as well as Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, One Direction’s Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, and a newcomer at the lead, Fionn Whitehead. The plot centers on the evacuation of Dunkirk during a British military operation in WWII that saved 330,000 lives.
Last year, Nolan discussed the state of filmmaking and the theatrical experience at BFI London Film Festival’s LFF Connects. He said (via IndieWire):
For years, filmmakers who wanted to shoot digital would promote the fact that the cameras are lighter, easier or whatever, but my response would always be, “If David Lean, or rather David Lean’s crew, can put a 65mm in the desert, why should I care that your camera is lighter, unless you’re doing something with it you couldn’t do.” But if what you’re doing is traditional film craft, the audience shouldn’t care what it cost, what the budget of the film was, or how difficult it was to make or how difficult it is for the theater houses to present the film.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.