Christopher Nolan in Talks to Direct Brother's Sci-Fi Script 'Interstellar'

January 9, 2013
Source: THR

Christopher Nolan

Nearly six years ago, director Steven Spielberg was lined up to take on Jonathan Nolan's sci-fi script Interstellar, a story based in scientific theories by Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne that involved time travel, alternative dimensions and more familiar tropes as a group of explorers travel through a wormhole. However, no major progress has been made on that project until now. THR says The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception filmmaker Christopher Nolan is looking at his brother's screenplay as his next directing gig, and he will also produce the project through his Syncopy banner for both Paramount and Warner Bros.

It's not exactly clear whether Spielberg is still involved in some capacity (especially since his own recent sci-fi project Robopocalypse is now postponed indefinitely), and he could always end up producing the film with Nolan. Either way, having the Nolan brothers team up on another sci-fi project sounds like just what the doctor ordered. Though story details are scarce, having Nolan take on time travel, especially after seeing his approach to dreamworlds in Inception, is enough to make this quite the anticipated film. Any fans holding out for Nolan to direct Justice League should probably move on now. Either way, this is big news.

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I know that people don't agree with me when it comes to the Dark Knight Trilogy, but it's easily Nolan's weakest stuff. I'm glad to see that he's not doing another series, but rather more original stuff!!!

Greg dinskisk on Jan 9, 2013


I think THE DARK KNIGHT, is probably his fourth best film after INCEPTION, MEMENTO, and THE PRESTIGE. Just my two cents.

DAVIDPD on Jan 9, 2013


Nice!! I would go 1. Momento, 2. The Prestige, 3. Inception, 4. Batman Begins (the only Batman movie that FEELS like a Nolan movie) 5. The Dark Knight, 6 The Dark Knight Rises I'm going to watch Following and Insomnia this week...

Greg dinskisk on Jan 10, 2013


"insomnia" is fucking wonderful. thats some of the best acting pacino's EVER done. it feels like he dra-a-ags that performance out of himself

biji-o on Apr 19, 2013


I don't agree with you!!! 🙂

Eru'Eru Narvaez on Jan 9, 2013


Alright! We're all entitled to our own opinion! I assumed mine wouldn't go over well here! 😀

Greg dinskisk on Jan 10, 2013


Aw c'mon that fight scene with Bane and Batman had to the best fight scene ever in the history of cinema and people telling stories round the camp fire in the universe, it was so legend. He he. I agree with you Greg, but i know comic book fanatics that would Kerpow me for saying that. I actually liked Dark Knighties 1,2 and 3 but I did fall asleep watching part 2. Inception was a bit daft too. He does make good tv programs like the Golden Girls and stuff.

Carpola on Jan 9, 2013


Pah!! Alright! I wasn't a huge fan of Inception (I liked it, but wasn't obsessed with it like everyone else) but I loved Momento and The Prestige especially!

Greg dinskisk on Jan 10, 2013


Momento was great man, I also liked the Prestige too. Yeah folk went mad over Inception, wasn't so into it either, good popcorn movie. That Batman/Bane fight scene was lolageddon though.

Carpola on Jan 10, 2013


WHY IS EVERYONE SAYING MOMENTO ALL OF A SUDDEN. Sorry, was staring at it for ages trying to figure out why it didn't look right (Memento). Srsly tho, how terrible a title would Momento actually be? Say it out loud... 🙂 I would say TDK and Rises were better than Begins but Memento, Prestige and Inception are Nolan's best. Have to say I think Inception is his masterpiece so far and the one that's most painful to have been totally shunned by the oscars.

Blargh on Jan 10, 2013


HAH sorry, I screwed that up!!!!!!!!! Usually I'm the one correcting people about spelling ;D Inception's 7-9 nominations (I think that's how many it was...) were totally shunned?

Greg dinskisk on Jan 10, 2013


Hahahaha!!!!!!! xD I agree!!! I thought that the second fight between them was ridiculous... "I'm back... AND STILL FIGHTING THE SAME WAY FWWAHHHHH!!!"

Greg dinskisk on Jan 10, 2013


Hey Ethan, is that picture next to Nolan, Stargate animation or Dr. Who Opening???

DAVIDPD on Jan 9, 2013


It looks like a wormhole from Stargate!

Chris Skalicky on Jan 10, 2013


Anything Christopher Nolan does is a must see but damn a sci fi. This gonna be awesome!

Eru'Eru Narvaez on Jan 9, 2013


nolan and sci-fi time travel parallel dimensions. a plot twist every 10 minutes? imagine the possibilities. i cannot wait!

Anon on Jan 9, 2013


Boo. I expected this from Rian, but NOT from you, Mr. Nolan. Time travel has officially become the "autotune" for science-fiction film. Zemeckis killed it in the 80's, and it hasn't been cool since. The sad part is, I'm a rebel soldier for original story in Hollywood, but I. CANNOT. STAND time travel films!

Big Boss on Jan 9, 2013


butbutbutbutbutbutbutbutbutbutbutbut nolan 🙂

Sycophantic Sockdrawer on Jan 9, 2013


Butterfly Effect, Donnie Darko, Looper, Terminator and Groundhog Day have all come out since BttF, and are all at least 'good'. I haven't seen them, but I've heard good things about Deja Vu and Source Code. And despite the flimsy legs it stood on, I liked the story built around Star Trek '09's time travel premise. I'd say the genre has been doing just fine since then. I agree that BttF sits atop the throne, though.

OfficialJab on Jan 9, 2013


Id bet my life savings you love this movie when you see it Mr Rebel

Cody W on Jan 9, 2013


YES! This is EXACTLY what I was hoping for!

Chris Groves on Jan 9, 2013


I might get some feedback of the negative verity but I think inception is very overrated. Momento was and still is his best film.

Jon Odishaw on Jan 9, 2013


it's spelled Memento.

Jason on Jan 9, 2013



Jon Odishaw on Jan 9, 2013


As good as TDK and TDKR were...I still think Batman Begins was their best outing for Bats. Gotham actually felt like Gothman and overall it had a great story. Ledgers Joker was awesome and Hardy's Bane was incredible...better than Joker, imo of course. Inception was good but wore thin near the end, DiCaprio was great as was Gordon-Levitt and Hardy also Colliard was one of the best parts of the film...but overall I got bored with it. Memento was a one time watch for good I only want to see it one time. The there was a film, it was incredible Bale and Jackman were excellent and Serkis and Bowie were a great pairing. I find The Prestige to be the Nolan's best film. I like Nolan he is an accomplished director, far be it from me to tear him down. I hope Interstellar delivers something along the lines of The Prestige.

Xerxexx on Jan 9, 2013


you missed Following, his first film. Awesomeness.

syntaxterror on Jan 9, 2013


Alas...I haven't seen it.

Xerxexx on Jan 9, 2013


Agreed! Personally, I think The Prestige was by far his best film.

Cody W on Jan 9, 2013



Xerxexx on Jan 10, 2013


Prestige was good but it was predictable, so much in fact it revealed much of the movie. I still liked it but his work on Batman is unmatched in superhero movies now

Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Jan 10, 2013


You are absolutely right! Could not agree more, its like one mind : )

AJ on Jan 10, 2013


Inception wore thin? Please.

Geoffrey Shauger on Jan 10, 2013


Imo man, imo. Its good...but not a revolution.

Xerxexx on Jan 10, 2013


Couldn't disagree more. One of the best movies of the last 20 years and a true landmark of the sci-fi genre. The score by Zimmer is easily one of the all time greats. Brilliant screenplay, directing, editing and acting.

Geoffrey Shauger on Jan 10, 2013


I can respect that. I just felt extremely underwhelmed by the overall story arch of Inception...was it bad? No...its just the mere fact that Nolan isn't a godsend as some people make him out to be. Talented? Immensely. I've paid money to see four of his films on the big screen and enjoyed them all...but I was never blown out of my seat by his directing skills.

Xerxexx on Jan 10, 2013


something tells me you're too stupid to properly judge them

Guest on Jun 6, 2013


Mature much.

Xerxexx on Jun 8, 2013


Agree with a lot of your opinion except TDK I thought was the best for the trilogy. My main complaints with Inception are 1. the math they use to explain how much time they have in each dream stops making sense after they jump into another couple dreams. I've sat there and tried to figure it out and they totally BS'd that and that kinda bugs me. 2. The editing isn't that good in the last portion of the film. My friends and I all love Nolan, but we joke all the time how his editor must have been drunk off his ass for Inception. And The Prestige... Oh God. It's beyond words my love for that movie.

Aaron Burns on Jan 10, 2013


Its funny it a Dark knight article, I said I really hoped Nolan would do a scifi film next.....I am part of the church of Nolan, ITS LIKE THE GUY READS MY MIND!!

Cody W on Jan 9, 2013


Hyper excited for this! Literally can't wait.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jan 10, 2013


Oh man, Oh man... I have to say I am loosing my sh***! Finaly, some news on his next projects. He did great with movies that had some scifi elements in it but a full on scifi sounds just pure awesomeness!! Just hope he delivers, tho I am sure the movie will be good, but he will have to tie up the story reall good to get rid of the bad taste left with TDKR. Dont get me wrong tho, I liked rises it was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, but the movie made me schizofrenic. Love it sometimes hate it others...

AJ on Jan 10, 2013


Holy shit, holy shit, holy shit

John Constantine on Jan 10, 2013


I'm excited. I think Inception is far and away his best film, and have been looking forward to more original Nolan work ever since.

Ali Miller on Jan 10, 2013

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