Magazine article Screen International

Christopher Nolan: Studios Put Too Much Pressure on Release Schedules

Magazine article Screen International

Christopher Nolan: Studios Put Too Much Pressure on Release Schedules

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Director said he was given “the luxury of time” for his Batman films.

Christopher Nolan directing ‘The Dark Knight’

Christopher Nolan said Hollywood studios put too much time pressure on filmmakers to deliver sequels.

During a Q&A with Edith Bowman at a Bafta: Life In Pictures event on Friday (1 Dec) in London, the Dunkirk director described how he was given the “luxury of time” to work on his Batman trilogy.

He said: “There were three years between the first two [Batman Begins in 2005 and The Dark Knight in 2008] and then four years between two and three [The Dark Knight Rises in 2012] and so we had time to change as people, let the story evolve and so really it was all sort of written and constructed over nine years.

“That’s a privilege, that’s a luxury really that filmmakers aren’t afforded anymore actually, I think. It was probably the last time anyone actually got to say to the studio ‘yeah I’ll do another one but it might be four years’… there’s too much pressure on release schedules to really be able to do that now. …

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