Newswire: Christopher Nolan originally wanted to shoot Dunkirk without a script

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Dunkirk is one of Christopher Nolan’s least wordy films to date, to the point that the screenplay for the two-hour film clocks in at a slim 76 pages. But it was almost even shorter than that, with The Hollywood Reporter noting that Nolan originally wanted to skip the script entirely for his big-budget war epic.

This is per a conversation between Nolan and his brother (and frequent collaborator) Jonathan Nolan, printed in the recently published screenplay for the film. “I got to a point where I understood the scope and movement and the history of what I wanted the film to address, because it’s very simple geography,” Nolan says, saying he started toying around with the idea of not having a script at all. Talking to his wife and co-producer, Emma Thomas, he said, “I don’t want a script. Because I just want to show it, it ...