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The Book That Inspired Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer

Since James Cameron's hiatus is officially at an end with the visually stunning "Avatar: The Way of Water" hitting theaters, the return of the big blockbuster may be on its way. Marvel has dominated the cinematic world for a decade, but auteurs like Cameron are plugging away at passion projects. And now film buffs also have Christopher Nolan's newest film to look forward to. The innovative mind behind mind-bending films such as "Memento" and — most recently — "Tenet," Nolan's return to theaters is with the story of one of World War 2's most famous figures. Cillian Murphy stars as the titular figure in "Oppenheimer," the man who made the atomic bomb possible. 

Nolan has stayed true to his brand by depicting a nuclear explosion without the help of CGI. But some should remember that in addition to mind-blowing creative choices, Nolan is also familiar with portraying true events. His 2017 film "Dunkirk" was a harrowing look at the bleak battle, and considering the significant source material that the director used, "Oppenheimer" may prove to be just as serious.

Oppenheimer is based on a pulitzer-winning book

If there was any doubt that Christopher Nolan would not treat his subject matter with a large amount of responsibility, look no further than the book the "Oppenheimer" director decided to use. Variety announced that Nolan's source was the thoroughly researched and heavily detailed biography "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer." Written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, the book won a Pulitzer for its in-depth analysis of not just Oppenheimer's contribution to the creation of the atomic bomb, but also his disapproval of the hydrogen bomb.

Judging from the more-detailed trailer for "Oppenheimer," Nolan seems to be using this source in great detail. In a voiceover, Oppenheimer vocalizes his trepidation in harnessing the power of the impressive weapon. It also includes shots of him seemingly deposed at a hearing. This is likely the event in the book detailing FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover barring Oppenheimer from knowing all of America's nuclear secrets. The moral quandary about Oppenheimer's role in World War 2 will most certainly lie at the center of the film, making "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer" a significant source to use.