Christopher Nolan to Direct Sci-Fi Film Inception Next!

February 11, 2009

Christopher Nolan

Just like he did between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan will be shooting another project of his own before he returns to Gotham City. Nolan will direct a sci-fi action film called Inception at Warner Brothers which will be released in the summer of 2010. It is described as a "a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind." Warner Brothers is producing with Nolan's wife Emma Thomas, as has been done on almost all of his previous films. The screenplay for Inception was written by Nolan and we're presuming he also collaborated with his brother Jonah Nolan.

"Chris Nolan is a visionary filmmaker who continually raises the bar with each movie he makes," Warner Brothers president Jeff Robinov said. "We are thrilled to be collaborating again with him and Emma on this exciting new motion picture." Don't worry, this does not mean anything regarding the possibility of having a sequel to The Dark Knight out by 2011. Let's not forget that The Prestige was made in the three year time between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and it would seem like he's following that same pattern this time as well. Christopher Nolan doing science fiction?! This could be the greatest news I've ever heard!

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Sounds interesting. I'm sure Christopher Nolan will do a fine job (and we all know he can tackle different genres excellently)

Craig on Feb 11, 2009



gvnadi on Feb 11, 2009


I think this says Batman 3 won't be out till 2012. The Prestige started shooting Jan 06 and was out by Oct 06. If you use that time frame then it would be possible for Batman in 2011. However Warner will want the film for a Summer release (The Hobbit films from WB come out Dec 2012 and Dec 2012) Summer 2009 - Starts production on Inception. That will take him up to Summer 2010 working on post-production. Unless he then went straight into Batman 3, when will he time to write and develop Batman 3? It would be a very tight deadline. I could happen but unlikely. He should take his time and release in Summer 2012.

adam on Feb 11, 2009


Wasn't The Prestige kind of Science Fiction? So it's not like he hasn't dabbled in the genre before.

Mathieu on Feb 11, 2009


the greatest news you've ever heard? really? i mean really? i know it's probably an exaggeration, but really?

jh on Feb 11, 2009


i think this is great news!

shirley on Feb 11, 2009


#5 - Why is that so crazy? TDK is one of my all-time favorites, I think Christopher Nolan is fucking brilliant, and I love science fiction. So having Nolan direct something sci-fi is pretty outstanding in my mind! #3 - You can't just throw around numbers and say that's that! Why are you arguing for something that isn't even reported? Who knows, maybe he CAN pull it off and he can write the script and get everything in done in time to start production the moment he finishes Inception in the summer of 2010. It COULD happen so don't play it off until Warner Brothers on Nolan specifically say that it won't be out until 2012!

Alex Billington on Feb 11, 2009


Stop kissing Chris Nolan's nuts. This is certainly not the greatest news ever and, I may be alone in this, but I certainly don't want another Batman movie until it's ABSOLUTELY ready. Stop trying to force it and wait for greatness.

Fuelbot on Feb 11, 2009


#7 - Calm down. I said it could still happen. You started throwing numbers around by saying it could still be released in 2011 because he made The Prestige in the 3 years. I was just trying to point out that the time frame is already completely different from The Prestige. This film would have started production already if we were following the timeframe. The Prestige started in Jan and this film doesn't start till Summer.

adam on Feb 11, 2009


@4 Sure the Prestige was kind of sci-fi, but Nolan did not write the story. He just wrote the adaptation of a book. His best films have been the ones he has written entirely himself (Following, Memento, Batman Begins, TDK). It is very exciting that he now has the opportunity to develop a sci-fi world entirely by himself.

Jordan on Feb 11, 2009


Two of my favourite things are coming together in this film, Chris Nolan and sci-fi. Sounds like I have more to look forward to next year.

Ragweed on Feb 11, 2009


I've been waiting to see what Christopher Nolan would be doing next and a sci-fi film is intruiging. Nolan has a way of taking relatively mundane concepts and spinning them into extraordinary films. Just one question, which role is Christian Bale going to play?

SlashBeast on Feb 11, 2009


Good news!

Tim "Cloverfield" on Feb 11, 2009


Feo HATES Sci-Fi!

feohatestheworld on Feb 11, 2009


And I jizzed in my pants! After TDK's impeccable technical quality and BB's "reaching for the stars" aura, I'm convinced that Nolan can pull off a 2001:Space Odyssey.

Bob on Feb 11, 2009


This is amazing. I thought Nolan would be great at Sci-Fi, especially after he hinted that it was the genre he wanted to tackle next. Can't wait for casting news, whenever that will come.

joe on Feb 11, 2009


I for one am super excited for Nolan to direct sci-fi. In my mind, he has the potential to be one of the greats.

????? on Feb 11, 2009


Well, Jordan, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were inspired by some obscure comic book series, I believe, so you could argue they weren't totally original films either. 😉 But I take your point. From that very vague description, this sounds a bit Matrix-y. I'd imagine there's a lot more to it than that, of course. We probably need more details before we can start getting genuinely excited...

Mathieu on Feb 11, 2009


I've been thinking about this press release and trying to see if any other clues could be picked up. Could there be a hint in the definition of the title? "Inception: The beginning of something, such as an undertaking; a commencement." Perhaps this title has a secondary meaning; in addition to referring to some plot device, it could suggest that this is merely the first part of a proposed series. It certainly will be interesting to see Nolan invent and explore his own mythology, rather than just continue to reinterpret the work of others. Science fiction is a genre he will do well with, I feel, and we know Blade Runner is one of his favourite movies...

Mathieu on Feb 11, 2009


Guy Pearce should totally star in this.

Shane on Feb 11, 2009


#10 Aren't the batman films adaptations?

Johnbo on Feb 11, 2009


Honestly Ive began to believe anything with nolans name on it will be good.

Cody on Feb 11, 2009


#22 Yes. His only disappointing movie so far is his remake of Insomnia, and that's not because it is a bad film in itself - far from it. It's just a completely pointless experience if you've already seen the original, far superior film it was based on. Of course, without signing up for it and proving to the studios that he could comfortably work with A-list talent on a larger scale, he probably wouldn't have got the chance to make a Batman movie - at least not as early in his career as he has, anyway - so you understand why he did it.

Mathieu on Feb 11, 2009


Any sci fi movie with a great director behind it gets me excited.

Dan W on Feb 11, 2009


I think this is great news for everybody who likes sience fiction! I would like to see a new blade runner or space oddesey! Nolan is the guy to do it! Ps:he shouldn't make batman 3! There will be never a good script for it and the casting will always suck!

avi on Feb 11, 2009


yes this is the greatest news since sliced bread... let it rest people... its just a way of alex wanting to express how excited he is... and so am I... Nolan is the modern day midas... anything he touches turns gold... he has brilliant filmmaking acumen.. and no reason to believe that the inception will not be jsut as great as his previous efforts... am with you on this on alex! this is definitely the greatest news in a spate of some horrendous remake rumors.

viral on Feb 12, 2009


When I found out Danny Boyle was making a sci fi flick after 28 days I was hyped. Even though it didnt get ANYWHERE near the acclaim it deserved, it turned out amazing. big fan of that movie. These are two of my favorite directors, and I'm really looking forward to seeing Nolan make a film in this genre as well

Destro Digital on Feb 12, 2009


Oh it's Nolan? I'm in head first.

Johnny Neat on Feb 12, 2009


Nolan and Sci Fi.....that i wanted to see since momento.

Fisherr on Feb 12, 2009


No doubt Nolans one of the best if not the best. Just watch his first film "Following". The movie was done on like a $1200 budget and its better than the vast majority of special effects laden tripe that hollywood churns out. He hasnt done a bad film.

C. Pas on Feb 13, 2009


Even though we know very little about this project, it's already my most anticipated film for Summer 2010 (followed by Iron Man 2) and 2nd-most anticipated for the whole of 2010 (second only to Peter Weir's The Way Back). While I hope he reteams with Bale on this, I hope Nolan gets to work with someone new. For some reason, I'd love to see him collaborate with Viggo Mortensen.

elessar on Feb 28, 2009

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