Cinematographer Wally Pfister to Direct His First Movie with Alcon

March 7, 2012
Source: Deadline

Wally Pfister

Well, what do we have here. Deadline is reporting that Alcon Entertainment has acquired a screenplay, still untitled, that will be directed by Wally Pfister, the Oscar-winning cinematographer best known for Chris Nolan's films like Inception and The Dark Knight. We're not sure what it's even about, but Pfister certainly has an incredible eye, I'm sure that will carry over. The script was developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films, but was written by newcomer Jack Paglen. "We have been talking to Wally about making his directorial debut with Alcon for over a decade since we all worked together on Insomnia," say Alcon's CEOs.

Unfortunately, details are under wraps on this project yet, not even a title or a logline or anything. Which is a bit of a let down, as I was hoping we would at least have an idea of what it's about. They do say, however, that pre-production starts immediately "for an early fall shoot." So that's a good sign that Pfister is planning to jump right into this after The Dark Knight Rises is out, and Nolan will probably stay out resting for a bit before starting his next project with Pfister. The two have worked together on everything since Memento in 2000, a total of seven amazing movies so far (including The Dark Knight Rises this summer).

"Wally is truly one of the most talented artists with whom we have ever collaborated. To now have the opportunity to work with Wally as a director on this truly remarkable project, is a company highlight for Alcon Entertainment." Indeed. Pfister has apparently directed commercials for several years before, so he has some experience and is finally ready to make his feature debut. If anyone knows what it's about, tell us!

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i hope this is awesome

Bombadeer on Mar 7, 2012


Oh my god, Wally Pfister IS Jack Bauer!

Jan Hamm on Mar 7, 2012


A lot of potential, I'll give it that, but being a fantastic cinematographer doesnt necessarily mean he'd be a fantastic director. Guess we'll see if Wally-behind-a-film is as good as Wally-behind-a-camera.

Voice of Reason on Mar 7, 2012


Well I've seen at least one of his commercials and it was pretty awesome, I can see him doing an excellent job.  Plus he's worked with Nolan so long I'm sure he's picked quite a few things up.

Jordan Scott on Mar 7, 2012

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