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    Is ‘Oppenheimer’ Based On A Book?

    In July 2023, Christopher Nolan will treat his fans to the visual spectacle that ‘Oppenheimer’ will be! Nolan’s enthralling storytelling combined with top-notch visual effects and camera work will present the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer. He was the man behind the detonation of the first nuclear weapon.

    The film will star Cillian Murphy in the titular role. The cast also includes stars like Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., and others. Usually, Christopher Nolan has always made films based on original screenplays, except when he made ‘The Dark Knight.’ He has won accolades for stellar screenplays for films like ‘Inception,’ ‘Memento,’ and ‘The Dark Knight.’ Now, he has successfully translated an important piece of literature into a major motion picture.

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    ‘Oppenheimer’ Is Based On ‘American Prometheus: The Triumph And Tragedy Of J. Robert Oppenheimer’

    Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer
    Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer

    Robert Oppenheimer is an important figure in the history of geopolitics and nuclear science who changed the course of the world. He was the leader of the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. Now, Christopher Nolan will portray the historical figure on celluloid with his new flick, ‘Oppenheimer.’

    He has adapted the screenplay from the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin titled ‘American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of Robert J. Oppenheimer.’ The duo has penned many books about the tragic Hiroshima bombing. It took them 30 years to pen the book, and their arduous efforts will now be a visual thriller that will be premiered worldwide on July 21, 2023.

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    Meaning Behind The Title Of The Book

    Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin receiving their Pulitzer Prize
    Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin receiving their Pulitzer Prize

    In 2006, ‘American Prometheus: The Triumph And Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer’ won the Pulitzer Prize in the Biography or Autobiography category. Authors Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin appeared on NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’ in 2005. During the interview, Kai explained the meaning behind the book and how it related to the late J. Robert Oppenheimer.

    Kai Bird said, “We call the book “American Prometheus,” because, of course, Prometheus was the Greek mythical god who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mankind and Zeus then punished him for this by chaining him to the cliff and having a giant eagle peck out his liver for 15 generations.”

    Bird continued, “And like Oppenheimer, Oppenheimer gave mankind the fire of the atom and then he was punished just nine years later, brought down by the very government that–whom he had served and was put on trial in a security hearing that turned into a kangaroo court proceeding and he was publicly humiliated.”

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    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise
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