According to Indie Revolver, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” will open two days early on 35mm and 70mm. The World War II drama is slated for release on July 21, 2017, but Nolan — whose devotion to actual film stock is well known — is said to be planning an early release exclusively in theaters that still project celluloid.
If true, the move would mirror the initial release of “Interstellar,” which was likewise made available early to exhibitors willing and able to show movies on the now-rarefied format. Though a boon to similarly celluloid-obsessed moviegoers, this decision was met with resistance by theaters that have gone fully digital. “I am not committed to film out of nostalgia,” Nolan explained to CinemaCon back in 2014. “I am in favor of any kind of technical innovation but it needs to exceed what has gone before, and so far nothing has exceeded anything that’s come before.”
Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and James D’arcy star in “Dunkirk,” which Nolan also wrote.