In a decision that has left many movie buffs baffled and perplexed, Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk will be released as a PG-13 feature. Ahead of the title's July 21, 2017 premiere in the US, the MPAA made the announcement this week alongside a minor explanation to classify it as a film with "intense war experience and some language."
Based on the real life battle in Dunkirk, France, towards the end of the conflict, Operation Dynamo salvaged the lives of 338,226 soldiers as they were stranded on the battlefield. Given the PG-13 rating, it is clear that the British filmmaker has preferred to focus on the pure spectacle and scope rather than the violence that was showcased by it's compatriots. Including Saving Private Ryan and Hacksaw Ridge.
Cillian Murphy: Nolan Can't Invent A Story For This One
Cillian Murphy has been a regular favorite of Nolan's, having played roles in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception. Speaking with The Guardian to talk about his BBC series Peaky Blinders, the 40-year old's attention quickly turned to Dunkirk as he is once again reunited with the filmmaker.
But rather than creating a world of his own, the actor outlined that the actual events are the basis for the movie.
“Everybody knows what happened at Dunkirk, so it can’t deviate too much from the facts," he pointed out. "It is not like Inception or Interstellar, there’s no major reveal. And while all of his films have big budgets and involve a lot of set pieces, they always feel like a little independent film for the actor because you only ever have one camera and Chris watches on a tiny little monitor. He is right there beside you.”
The Batman Not Rolling Until 2018 at the Earliest
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a far cry from Nolan's work on the DC superhero. But he was indeed credited as a producer behind the scenes for the production. He has kept a low profile ever since regarding his inclusion in any follow up, but The Batman is slowly coming together. Especially with the announcement of War for the Planet of the Apes head Matt Reeves as director.
Despite taking this important step forward, Reeves' commitment to the Apes franchise will hamper the scheduling for the Ben Affleck standalone installment. Therefore meaning production will not start in earnest until 2018. Justin Kroll from Variety expanded on this point on social media this week.
"Hearing Matt Reeves contracted to work on Apes till at least end of June, so production on Batman likely not starting till 2018," he remarked. ""Also means any casting rumors you hear are likely BS seeing that he wouldn't have time to meet with any talent till at least July."