Christopher Nolan chatted to M Night Shyamalan ahead of his move from Warner Bros to Universal, it’s been revealed.

It was last year that director Christopher Nolan finally ended his two decade working relationship with Warner Bros, as part of the fallout from the studio’s decision to simultaneously debut its films on the HBO Max streaming platform.

Nolan ended up setting his new film – Oppenheimer – up at Universal, following conversations with several other studios. It turns out that one person in the midst of the Universal chat was M Night Shyamalan, the writer/director who’s made the studio the home of his last few pictures.

Chatting to The Hollywood Reporter, Shyamalan confirmed that he’d advised about the studio ahead of Nolan making the jump. “I conveyed how much I feel about Universal’s commitment to original storytelling and the movie theatres”, Shyamalan told The Hollywood Reporter. “And in an age where everybody is trying to sell the narrative that original movies and movie theatres are dying out, I don’t believe that at all! Not even a little bit”.

Nolan joins Shyamalan and Jordan Peele at Universal, and Shyamalan thinks more will follow. “I’m hoping Jordan, Chris, myself and anybody else that will come over, or at other studios, can prove that everyone wants to see fresh, original ideas in a movie theatre”.

Amen to that. The full interview is here. Nolan’s Oppenheimer is due in the summer of 2023.

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