Christopher Nolan Rewriting ‘Interstellar’ to Incorporate his Original Idea

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 12th, 2013 at 8:54 am,

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Christopher Nolan is traversing the science fiction genre with Interstellar, a project he’s gearing up to direct based on a script written by his brother Jonathan (co-writer of The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises) and inspired by the theories of Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorn.

Steven Spielberg set up Interstellar back in 2006, but ultimately decided J. Nolan’s premise wasn’t a good match for his storytelling sensibilities. The filmmaker’s new sci-fi project, Robopocalypse, is currently getting a script makeover; that’s also the case with the Nolan brothers’ next collaboration, now what Chris is revamping the original screenplay draft.

Deadline claims that C. Nolan is merging “an original idea of his” into his sibling’s script, which charts a daring space odyssey “to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” That appears to be the pair’s writing modus operandi, starting with Chris basing Memento on Jonathan’s story “Memento Mori.” (Or is that just how he remembers it?) Similarly, J. Nolan oversaw adapting Christopher Priest’s novel The Prestige – before Chris took the reins – and his Tale of Two Cities-inspired Dark Knight Rises draft was actually streamlined into the final film (believe it or not).

It’s reasonable to think the aforementioned “original idea” C. Nolan’s incorporating into his brother’s 2001-esque creation may be one of his recognizable motifs – for example, an obsessive protagonist or themes about the nature of perception – and the story (rumored to involve a journey through wormholes) lends itself to similar ideas examined in the sci-fi contexts of The Prestige and Inception. Or maybe he’s just writing a character specifically for Michael Caine (kidding, folks… sort of).

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Chris Nolan with Michael Caine and Christian Bale on the ‘Dark Knight’ set

The Kubruckian overtones of Interstellar make it an intriguing fit for Chris Nolan’s storytelling style and mise-en-scène (re: visual composition); plus, wormholes present an obvious narrative device for jumping around in time (as he’s inclined to do, regardless). Similarly, with modern technology at his disposal – and Nolan’s Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister coming off his own ambitious sci-fi directorial effort, Transcendence (assuming the pair reunites) – the portrayal of space flight could be something to admire.

Technically, Chris Nolan’s not locked down to direct Interstellar but the news of him rewriting the script can be interpreted as all but an official confirmation. Count us excited to see how the film pans out.


Source: Deadline

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  1. This guy is brilliant. So far all his films has been nothing short excellent…looking forward to years to come of more Nolan movies

    • Loved everything he has done other than the Batman mess. So glad that is over with.

      • “the Batman mass”? You are the freaking mass of mess. Nolan gave the kitschy superhero franchise a boost with his Batman Begins.

      • Forget you the Batman films we’re great masterpieces of great quality.

  2. at this point in his career i feel like chris nolan can do whatever the hell he wants to do and i will be in line to check it out. lol

    • +7

  3. The Nolan brothers are truly an asset to the entire entertainment universe. The Prestige was unbelievable and still remains a highly underated film and Person of Interest (TV Series) is so well written and one of the best shows on TV currently. I hope P.O.I. lasts for years to come and I hope Interstellar comes to fruition sooner than later.

  4. I’m so down! I love me a good scifi flick. And I love me some crazy Nolan movies!! (inception, memento, prestige) his stuff is so great! This will take movies to the next level just like inception did :D

  5. Sandy is right… he is trying to write in a role for Michael Caine or Marion Cotillard. :)

  6. When I heard ‘wormholes’ I immediately assumed ‘time travel’ – then I thought, ‘Moffat should totally work with Nolan’. Lol.

  7. If he insists on putting Cotillard in this, please let her live. Her death scene in TDKR was just awful. Hilarious, but awful.

    • haha I agree, the truck goes off the retaining barrier and shes in the drivers seat with a seat belt and was like “I’m dead now…” and then gary oldmans chilling in the back with no restraint whatsoever and the bomb bouncing around in there and he comes out fine haha..

      • And Batman doesn’t die from a supposedly fatal knife wound.

        • Yeah, the knife wound was pretty much just …ignored. Like it never happened.

          • its because “HE’S BATMAN!!” haha I love the hishe for TDKR by the way. really funny

            • Same!

          • yep, just like him having his back broken and no cartilage in his leg, but he was still able to go up against Bane.

    • Yeah, for a chick who survived the worst hell on earth in that godawful prison, she had a pretty anticlimactic death. (Almost as anticlimactic as Bane). I mean, killed by driving a truck. Seriously? And then the terrible overacting death scene.

      And there was absolutely no reason for her to leave and start driving. She was just waiting for the bomb to explode anyways.

      Still a big fan of TDKR, though. Just fun to nitpick

  8. Hope I got here early enough, not sure how long it’ll take for another Nolan post to devolve into bashing( not taking away anyones right to do so, mind), but this is a film i’m looking forward to. Nolan’s one of my faves.

  9. I know next to nothing about this project, but it’s already one of my most anticipated movies! :D
    I can’t wait to see how things work out.

  10. Wow it’s gonna have wormholes?! That’s me convinced, can’t wait! I love weird glowy lighty particle effects, especially the weird tripped out shiz in 2001 Space Odyssey!

  11. Wormholes? Ugh, this better not be Stargate all over again…

  12. Very excited about this…As much as I love The Dark Knight Trilogy, I’m glad Nolan’s back to making original movies. I think he excels even more in that area.

    • Yes… better that he does original movies so that us fanboys can’t bash him for messing with canon.

      Although we can always argue:

      - That’s now how retrograde amnesia works!
      - How dare he show the secrets of magic!
      - Dreams don’t work that way… go watch Dreamscape… if you die in your dream you die in real life!

  13. Knowing Nolan, he’s going to add some sort of mind-boggling “ception” to it.
    At the end of the movie, the audience will be like, “Huh, what the hell just happened?”…

    Seriously, what really happened to Batman at the final conclusion of TDKR?

    • Were you not paying attention to the movie? Batman sets the Bat on autopilot and ejects from it before the bomb detonates. He then goes behind the scenes and restores the batsignal, sends Blake to the Batcave via his “posthumous” instructions, and goes with Selina to the cafe that Alfred mentioned earlier in the film. And no, that wasn’t a dream sequence. Right after Blake is revealed as “Robin”, the woman he talks to is joined by a man and they are discussing a missing piece from the property manifest that was everything in Wayne’s estate: Bruce’s mother’s pearl necklace that is seen around Selina’s neck when Alfred sees them at the cafe.

  14. If this is going to be a full-on sci-fi film though, I wonder how Nolan will be able to utilize practical effects?

    He’s always said he prefers practical special effects to CGI, but if this is going to have wormholes and stuff (and the title implies an outer-space setting), then practical effects won’t really be possible for the most part.

    • It shouldn’t be too big a problem…Nolan is not AGAINST CGI; he just prefers practical effects whenever possible. He can cgi the grander wormhole effects but still use models/miniatures/matte painting techniques/mechanical systems for ships, bases, buildings, etc. and even use clever lighting and camera work for detail/close-up scenes of the cosmic phenomena.

      I am very excited for this new project!

      • My thoughts exactly! The advent of CGI was a great step forward in visual FX, as it finally allowed artists to create believable intangible effects, such as force fields, energy fx, shockwaves, death rays, etc. All effects which had previously relied on 2-D cell and back-lit animation techniques, quite often with less than stellar results.

        The real problem with CGI came when the Hollywood suits, championed by that one who shall remain nameless, came up with the bright idea of tossing large scale sets and effects out the window in lieu of a 100% CGI and mind numbing green screen. A mindset that’s left us with little more to marvel at than highly-polished video game animations masquerading as real life. Thanks to excessive digital color grading of the meager live-action footage that remains, the once jarring cuts to the CGI-laden imagery is less prominent than in years past. Unfortunately, the process has rendered (literally) most contemporary films into a near monochromatic pastiche.

        Thankfully, filmmakers like Chris Nolan, Guillermo del Toro, Taratino and a handful of others, still believe in incorporating as much live-action material into their films as possible, regardless of the time and expense. All three Dark Knight films, Inception, and Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth are all exceptional examples of practical effects and make-up supplemented with restrained CGI to yield jaw-dropping results. If Mr. Nolan undertakes Interstellar, I’ve no doubt the finished film will be nothing short of spectacular.

        P.S. For genre fans that need a practical fix in the meantime, check out del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim. The flick is utilizing a wealth of old-school Godzilla-style techniques pushed to their technological limits. Definitely not one to be missed!

        • +1,000!!

          Also, I think I know who that nameless guy is… Did he create an incredibly racist CGI cartoon rabbit?

    • Probably much like 2001: a space oddesy which is nolans favorite movie

      • Blade Runner is Nolan’s favorite movie.

  15. I can see Cillian Murphy being the lead. Seriously, watch Sunshine and you’ll know what I mean. Plus, C. Nolan doesn’t really need star power to intrigue people, his name alone can do that.

    • I think he may try to work with someone new. He will have michael caine we all know that, maybe some othera in minor roles. But i think he may use some other actor.

  16. Prepare to be mindf***ed!!

    Also, Michael Caine is definitely going to play the old, wise mentor.

  17. Someone take away Sandy’s parentheses. That article was almost unreadable.