Christopher Nolan Asks: Are There Any Good Third Movies?
Don't get too excited, because he still doesn't have any idea what the next story will be about. Geoff Boucher of the LA Times caught up with Christopher Nolan after his return from a much-needed vacation with his family. Like Kevin Smith, listening to Nolan talk about filmmaking is exhilarating on its own, which is why I'm at least pointing those who are interested in the right direction (read the full interview here). Nolan really doesn't say too much regarding where he's headed next or what they'll do after Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, but he does say some very interesting things which are worth mentioning.
Nolan and Boucher cover numerous subjects, including how challenging it is to grasp the fact that his movie has made nearly $1 billion and that he got a thrill out of "shooting on IMAX and creating that massive scale and achieving that larger-than-life quality." But one of the most interesting things he mentions comes at the very end and, of course, surrounds the question of where they might go next.
"Well ... let me think how to put this. There are two things to be said. One is the emphasis on story. What's the story? Is there a story that's going to keep me emotionally invested for the couple of years that it will take to make another one? That's the overriding question. On a more superficial level, I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name? [Laughs.] At the same time, in taking on the second one, we had the challenge of trying to make a great second movie, and there haven't been too many of those either. It's all about the story really. If the story is there, everything is possible. I hope that was a suitably slippery answer."
That was indeed a suitably slippery answer that will hopefully be enough to hold over fans for a while. Or at least spark a debate for months to come until Christopher Nolan and writers Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer figure out a suitable story. I know that another sequel is inevitable, but it's nearly pointless to continue drilling Nolan for details when they haven't even thought about it yet. But since we've got three years to go, let's focus on a different topic. I want to address that question that Nolan himself asked above and see if anyone has an answer. How many good third movies in a franchise can people name?