Inception Has a $200M Budget, Will Be Shooting in Canada

June 15, 2009
Source: Calgary Sun

Inception - Fortress Mountain

Not that this is a shocking amount, as The Dark Knight had a budget of $185 million, but it's great to hear nonetheless, especially since a few people might've thought that Nolan's latest wouldn't be a big action movie. The Calgary Sun (via SlashFilm) has an article about Christopher Nolan's Inception shooting up in Canada later this year. Not only do they mention some details about where it'll be shooting and its size and scope, but that the budget will be around $200 million - or closer to $176.5 million if that first amount is actually Canadian dollars. What I love the most is that we still don't know anything about this movie at all.

The Calgary Sun reports that Inception will be filming in five different countries, although a "significant portion" of it will be shot in Kananaskis, outside of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. "Nolan scouted nearby foothills and mountainous areas by helicopter and is said to have chosen Fortress Mountain as the main Alberta location." To give you an idea of what that place looks like, I've used a photo of Fortress Mountain above (via Flickr). The shoot will employ "hundreds, if not thousands, of local film workers starting this summer when construction on the elaborate set is due to begin." Shooting is set to start in November.

All that we know is that Inception is "a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind." What that means, exactly, no one knows. And I absolute love how Nolan is about to shoot this enormous production and we still know nothing about it. If only it could stay that way until we see a trailer. This goes back to the idea of how J.J. Abrams loves mysteries and how exciting is to see a production this big that remains a mystery. I'm sure eventually details on the plot will leak out, but until then, it's exhilarating just writing about this with so little details. Hopefully this little update is enough to keep everyone excited.

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A budget this big must mean a action film. Right? Or are they just letting Nolan do whatever he wants so he will come back and direct TDK 2? I just wonder why DiCaprio instead of Bale...

Cary on Jun 15, 2009


Nolan is the man. The locations remind me of Insomnia.

teyhtr on Jun 15, 2009


Wow, I had no idea that it was going to be this big. I guess this will allow Nolan to experiment a lot more in the action genre but this is definitely one of my must-see's of 2010.

SlashBeast on Jun 15, 2009


If only it could stay that way until we see the film. Fixed

Nick on Jun 15, 2009

5 is reporting that the other 5 locations mentioned in this article are: Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Paris, and Tangiers (Morocco) Sounds amazing.

nolasfan on Jun 15, 2009


# 1 - It's always been described as an action film. It's clearly stated in the log line.

Governor on Jun 15, 2009


Amazing. I had no clue the scope of the film was going to be this huge! Can't wait!

BookWorm on Jun 15, 2009


With a budget that massive this is definitely going to fall into the "summer blockbuster" category. I'm expecting great things with Nolan, an extremely talented cast and such a large budget.

Prototype on Jun 15, 2009


It seems a bit strange. The description states that it is set within the "architecture of the mind" yet there's a ton of locations for the film. Perhaps all of these places are within the hero's mind?

Governor on Jun 15, 2009


great cant wait for this film!

shirley on Jun 15, 2009


Talking about keeping films hush hush, remember how noone knew about Tropic Thunder until we saw the teaser trailer which came out of nowhere? Now that was an awesome reveal!

Marcus on Jun 15, 2009


can't believe someone said just referred to the next Batman as "TDK 2" I guess Batman Begins was TDK 0

samir on Jun 15, 2009


Wow this sounds even bigger than what I first thought it was going to be! For some reason I just love that mysterious description Nolan said "a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind." Sweet!

Caitie on Jun 15, 2009


This is without a doubt my #1 most-anticipated film of 2010. I. CANNOT. WAIT!

Rabs on Jun 15, 2009


Not that surprising. Considering its an action film, director of the 2nd biggest movie of all time (don't care for inflation), the star of the biggest film of all time, it's sci-fi, and its aiming for a summer release. Right smack in the middle.

marco on Jun 15, 2009


i love nolan's work and this one wont be an exception either... but on the lighter note wonder what the next breaking news about inception is going to be ? 1. Inception being shot in 3D? 2. 100 million is the budget for viral marketting?

viral on Jun 15, 2009


Sounds amazing.Can't wait!

led screen on Jun 16, 2009


By far my most anticipated of 2010. This is Nolan's Avatar.

Michael on Jun 16, 2009


Mysterious concepts combined with large budgets usually equal win. Should be interesting!

Digital Metaphor on Jun 16, 2009


With this cast, this director, and this amount of mystery this movie is set up to be an enormous hit at the box office. If it can stay this quiet until we see a trailer this Christmas (maybe?) then the amount of hype for it will easily make more then this projected budget. I cannot wait for this movie.

Jordan on Jun 16, 2009


I hope that with all that money that is being put into the film that it actually produces.

Catastrophic health insurance on Sep 17, 2009

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