Syncopy Inc.

Syncopy Inc.[2] is a production company founded by British-American film director, screenwriter and producer Christopher Nolan, and producer Emma Thomas. The name of the company is a play on Syncopation, and was suggested to Nolan by his late father, Brendan, a classical music fan.[3] Syncopy has offices in Los Angeles, California.[4]

Syncopy Films Inc.
TypePrivately held company
IndustryMotion picture
FoundedFebruary 27, 2001[1]
FoundersChristopher Nolan
Emma Thomas
Headquarters
OwnersChristopher Nolan
Emma Thomas
Number of employees
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HistoryEdit

Founded in 2001, the majority of Syncopy's productions have been distributed by Warner Bros.[5] They partnered with Legendary Pictures to produce Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). In 2013, Syncopy released Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, and in 2015, they formed a joint venture with Zeitgeist Films to release Blu-ray editions of Zeitgeist's prestige films. The first title in their partnership was Elena (2011), from director Andrey Zvyagintsev.[6] Recently the production company has produced the science fiction film Interstellar (2014), the documentary short Quay (2015), the war film Dunkirk (2017), and the spy film Tenet (2020), all directed by Christopher Nolan.[7]

Syncopy employs only four people, including Nolan and Thomas. In a 2018 interview for Vanity Fair, Thomas said: "We're not empire builders, we're about the individual film."[8][9]

FilmographyEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Director Co-production company(s) Distributor(s) Box office Ref.
2005 Batman Begins Christopher Nolan Legendary Pictures, DC Entertainment Warner Bros. Pictures $373,661,946 [10]
2006 The Prestige Christopher Nolan Touchstone Pictures, Newmarket Films Warner Bros. Pictures, Buena Vista Pictures $109,676,311 [11]
2008 The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan Legendary Pictures, DC Entertainment Warner Bros. Pictures $1,005,973,645 [12]
2010 Inception Christopher Nolan Legendary Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures $836,836,967 [13]
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan Legendary Pictures, DC Entertainment Warner Bros. Pictures $1,081,142,612 [14]
2013 Man of Steel Zack Snyder Legendary Pictures, DC Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films Warner Bros. Pictures $668,045,518 [15]
2014 Interstellar Christopher Nolan Legendary Pictures, Lynda Obst Productions Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount Pictures $701,729,127 [16]
2017 Dunkirk Christopher Nolan RatPac-Dune Entertainment Warner Bros. Pictures $526,949,403 [17]
2020 Tenet Christopher Nolan Warner Bros. Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures $363,129,000 [18]
Box office total: $5,667,144,529

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SYNCOPY, INC, Beverly Hills CA - Company Profile | BizStanding". bizstanding.com. Archived from the original on 7 June 2020. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Superior Court of The State of California For The County of Los Angeles" (PDF). The Hollywood Reporter. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 June 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  3. ^ Shone, p. 18.
  4. ^ "Hollywood Steps Up Security to Keep Scripts Secret". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 21 June 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  5. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (10 December 2020). "After Christopher Nolan's Explosive Remarks, Could Warner Bros. Lose Its Superstar Director?". Variety. Archived from the original on 11 December 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Christopher Nolan's Syncopy Teaming With Zeitgeist on Blu-ray Releases (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Syncopy". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 28 August 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Meet the Woman Behind Dunkirk". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 27 August 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Q&A: Christopher Nolan on the power of the people and why '2001' should be required preschool viewing". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 12 April 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Batman Begins (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 24 June 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  11. ^ "The Prestige (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  12. ^ "The Dark Knight (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Inception (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 8 August 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  14. ^ "The Dark Knight Rises (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 5 April 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  15. ^ "Man of Steel (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 15 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Interstellar (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 7 September 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  17. ^ "Dunkirk (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Tenet (2020)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 3 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.

Further readingEdit

  • Shone, Tom (2020). The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan. Knopf. ISBN 978-05-256-5532-9.