When Christopher Nolan went into outer space for “Interstellar,” it was without longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister, who had been with the director since “Memento,” but turned to a directing career of his own starting with the unfortunate “Transcendence.” Nolan’s choice to lens his ode to the galactic power of love was Hoyte van Hoytema, who had quite the resumé behind him with “The Fighter,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” and “Her.” And it seems Nolan was pleased his work on “Interstellar.”
Hoytema has now joined the American Society Of Cinematographers, and in the announcement, it’s revealed that he “is currently prepping an untitled feature for director Christopher Nolan.” That would be “Dunkirk” (not the official title, but the one being used for now), Nolan’s WWII picture featuring Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Mark Rylance, with unknown actors in the lead. The film is said to be inspired by Operation Dynamo, the near-miraculous evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk, which took place from May-June of 1940. Hans Zimmer will provide the score.
It will be the first WWII movie for both cinematographer and director, and I’d wager they’ll attempt to do something visually distinct from the rest of the genre. Production begins in May, and the movie will be released on July 21, 2017. [via The Film Stage]