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Since the release of Interstellar last fall, Christopher Nolan has kept absolutely mum about what he plans to make as his next big feature film. We have no idea if he'll return to the world of large-scale sci-fi/fantasy, or has ideas about shifting gears and making his next movie a smaller drama. What we do know, however, is when the project will wind up finding its way to theaters, as Warner Bros. has just announced an official release date for the potential blockbuster.

According to Deadline, Nolan has made a deal to once again work with the studio - his seventh collaboration with the company - and together they have decided to have the big feature film ready to come out on July 21, 2017. Sadly, the trade report doesn't make mention of any details regarding what the movie will be about - but the high-profile summer release date does suggest that the filmmaker and WB are cooking up something big.

What's honestly surprising about this move is the fact that it places the Christopher Nolan movie in what is easily one of the most competitive upcoming months on the release schedule. In addition to now being set up to face off directly against Pitch Perfect 3, an untitled animated film from 20th Century Fox, and Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the movie is also surrounded on all sides by major franchise projects. Coming out at the start of the month on July 7, 2017 will be Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which will be followed in the next weekend, July 14th, by Matt Reeves' War Of The Planet Of The Apes. And if you're thinking that Nolan's movie still might have a chance for two number one weekends in a row, you should think again, as July 28, 2017 will mark the release of Marvel Studios and Sony's hyped Spider-Man reboot from director Jon Watts.

While it's hard to say exactly why Warner Bros. would choose such a dangerous release date, there is an explanation as to why the studio has so much faith in a Christopher Nolan-directed feature. Not only did the filmmaker make the company a stupid amount of money with his Dark Knight trilogy, but let's not forget that he's the guy who made a hit out of the mind-bending Inception in 2010. Even Interstellar, which received the weakest critical reception of the director's career, still managed to make nearly $700 million worldwide.

Knowing how far away the release date is, and how secretive Christopher Nolan tends to be about his projects, it may be a while before we actually learn what he's cooking up... but it goes without saying that we're very excited about it. As always, be sure to stay tuned for more details!

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