Christopher Nolan delivered his newest movie, Dunkirk, to theaters last month. Looking at his resume, from Memento to Interstellar, Nolan is a director who likes to include a lot of exposition, but Dunkirk was a big change of pace, because the movie was surprisingly lighting on dialogue. Oddly enough, though, Nolan could have taken this further, as he originally wanted to shoot the World War II movie without a script. Early into pre-production, he sensed he understood the "scope, movement and history" of what he needed the movie to address enough that he was comfortable moving ahead without any prepared outlines for the actors. He ultimately told Emma Thomas, his wife and producing partner, and Nathan Crowley, the creation designer, the following:
Christopher Nolan revealed his first approach to Dunkirk while chatting with his brother, Jonathan, in an interview that is included with the published Dunkirk screenplay (via THR). Shooting a movie without a script would understandably sound crazy to a complete lot of people in the film industry, even for something like Dunkirk which isn't dialogue large. But by that point, Nolan felt that he'd "mastered" passing along emotion through dialogue, so he wanted to try something different. However, Emma Thomas was able to convince him not to keep on without penning a script. Nolan continuing:
Upon realizing it was better to take the traditional approach, Christopher Nolan wrote Dunkirk "very, very quickly," and at 76 web pages, it's one of his shortest scripts. And for those who enjoy Christopher Nolan's creating, he's assured his supporters that he will be "coming back to dialogue" in the future. So we need not worry about him trying to pull this 'no script' idea again.
Chronicling the real-life Dunkirk evacuation in northern France during World War II in 1940, Dunkirk has been met with mainly positive reception since its launch, currently ranking at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. It's also performed properly commercially, making nearly $270 million worldwide. Its major cast integrated Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles, James D'Arcy, Jack Lowden and Fionn Whitehead. If Dunkirk follows in the footsteps of Interstellar, than it could garner some attention come next year during the Academy Awards.
Dunkirk continues to be playing in theaters, and you can also look through our 2017 movie guideline to find out when the rest of the year's upcoming releases are arriving. Once we find out what Christopher Nolan's next project is, we here at CinemaBlend be sure to let you know.