For years, Nolan and Netflix have fought in the press over their disagreements. When the film “Dunkirk” was released in 2017, the director fired the first shot. In an interview at the time, Nolan said, “Netflix has a weird allergy to supporting theatrical pictures,” calling the streaming service’s day-and-date plan “clearly an unsustainable paradigm for theatrical presentation.” So they’re not even playing, and I believe they’re missing out on a tremendous opportunity.” Faced with backlash, he then acknowledged in another interview that he sent Netflix’s Ted Sarandos an apology. He said, “I could have been more courteous.” “I wasn’t putting the truly revolutionary nature of what Netflix has done into context. IMDB
Any studio prepared to finance another A-list Hollywood director’s two-and-a-half hour Spanish-language black-and-white passion project — that would be Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” — could almost definitely support whatever more consumer-friendly notion Nolan whips up next. Even among streamers, this is unrivaled in the industry right now: Amazon has demonstrated greater interest in commercial projects, which Nolan hailed as preferable to Netflix in our discussion for respecting 90-day theatrical windows. But Nolan doesn’t make sure-fire commercial bets; instead, he zigzags through risky concepts on his own terms while working on a blockbuster.