After bringing his triumphant Batman trilogy to a conclusion in July, Christopher Nolan is now setting his sights on the world of science fiction. According to new reports, Nolan is in talks to direct and produce Interstellar, a sci-fi project written by his brother Jonah Nolan.

The story focuses on a group of explorers who travel through a wormhole and is based on the scientific theories of Kip Thorne, “a theoretical physicist, a gravitational physicist and astrophysicist at Caltech.” Nolan has dabbled in the sci-fi genre with projects like Inception and The Prestige, but this would be the director’s first attempt at a pure sci-fi film.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the story, noting that Steven Spielberg was originally attached to direct the film. It’s unclear at this point if Spielberg will stay on in some capacity, but with his Robopocalypse being indefinitely postponed, perhaps there’s room on the project for the multiple Academy Award-winning director to participate.

Science fans are likely familiar with the works of Kip Thorne, who, along with Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, has helped to popularize many of the theories about the universe that populate science fiction. If you’re unfamiliar with Thorne’s research though, check out these videos from Closer To Truth (Part One and Part Two) on the subject “Is Time Travel Possible?”

Most would agree that Christopher Nolan has yet to release a bad film, particularly when he’s worked with his brother Jonah, so this seems like a slam dunk for Paramount and Warner Bros. It would be great for audiences as well. After all, who doesn’t want to see Nolan bring his incredible ability for complex narrative storytelling to a hard sci-fi story about time travel and wormholes?

Of course, there are still plenty of folks out there who are hoping to see Christopher Nolan sign on to direct Justice League. Unfortunately for them, the director has been pretty clear that his involvement in the Batman franchise is finished and said this past summer that he has no plans to direct the film. I guess you just have to take what you can get.

What do you think of the news that Christopher Nolan may direct Interstellar?

There’s no word yet on a release date for Interstellar, but we’ll keep you posted.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter