Gemma Arterton & Tim Roth Starring in Christopher Nolan Thriller ‘Keys to the Street’

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To date, the only film which Christopher Nolan directed but shares no writing credit on is his sophomore effort, 2002′s Insomnia. Aside from that film – a remake of the 1997 Norwegian movie of the same name adapted by Hilary Seitz (Eagle Eye) – Nolan has written or co-written each of his films, including rewriting his brother Jonathan’s original script for the currently-shooting Interstellar.

Nolan’s work-for-hire days are well behind him, but a project he first turned in back in 1998 is seeing some new developments. Reports are in that Gemma Arterton and Tim Roth are set to star in The Keys to the Street, which Christopher Nolan adapted with Michael Stokes from British author Ruth Rendell’s novel. The film will be directed by Czech helmer Julius Sevcík and shot in the U.K.

As reported by VarietyArterton has been attached to this project for the past three years, but Roth is a new addition. The plot was originally described as revolving “around a bone marrow donor who enters a relationship with the mysterious man whose life she saved.” 

The London-set story has been updated, and now reads: “A woman accepts a house-sitting assignment in order to escape her violent and disturbed ex-boyfriend [to be played by Roth].” After a series of murders occurs in the neighborhood, Arterton’s character takes up with another lover, played by Max Irons.

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The project originated back in 1998, after Nolan’s breakout debut film Following and will be the first script with his name on it not to be directed by him as well. Nolan is currently not involved in any direct way, and it is unclear just how much of Nolan’s input remains.

His writing credit suggests that the filmmakers retained some portion of the story  - characters, dialogue or scenarios – which Nolan was responsible for… or else it’s merely a marketing ploy to drum up publicity.

The film is being produced by Pretty Pictures (Kinsey) and Apollo Pictures (The Laureate), working with producer Gail Mutrux (Rain Man), Myriad and CAA. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico – the film’s executive producer – commented on the story’s potential, saying:

“We think that audiences will love how Christopher Nolan and Michael Stokes have adapted this popular English mystery novel….with a dark edge.”

Nolan certainly knows dark edges, and has a knack for adding surprises to the properties he’s adapted from prior works, like Memento (which Nolan fleshed out from his brother Jonathan’s short story), The Prestige (adapted with plenty of changes from Christopher Priest’s novel) and, of course, his Dark Knight trilogy, which remained true to the core of the Batman mythos (for the most part) even as Nolan put his own stamp on the material.

Again, there is the question of how much of Nolan’s contributions to the script have been retained. As a director, Nolan has a very deliberate approach to pacing and tone, and it remains to be seen whether or not director Sevcík – whose output consists of several short films and two Czechoslovakian features – can adapt to Nolan’s writing style, although his original draft is certain to have seen numerous rewrites over the years.


There is no release date set for The Keys to the Street, which will begin filming in the U.K. early in 2014.

Soure: Variety

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  1. Guess she won’t have a bone to pick with him….!

  2. Gemma Arterton for the win!

    I watch everything she’s in.

    Which means I saw the atrocious ” Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters ” and “Clash Of The Titans.”

    I’m still pissed off at how she was barely given a decent role (Strawberry Fields) in “Quantum Of Solace.”

    She was awesome in “Byzantium” and “Unfinished Song.”

    Looking forward to seeing her in “Gemma Bovery” next year.

    She gets my vote for Wonder Woman , even though the suits at Warner Brothers would probably prefer someone a bit younger.

    • I enjoyed Clash Of The Titans as much as the original. I admit to being dragged to see Wrath Of The Titans though and missing maybe 5 minutes near the end because I fell asleep.

      The only memorable thing from that screening were my jokes after seeing the Battleship trailer when I described a trailer for a Monopoly movie starring Sir Sean Connery.

      • Well, yeah. Clash Of The Titans was alright. Really can’t say I’ve seen the original. I’ve seen bits and pieces.

        Did you go beyond the “Battleship” trailer? lol

        Just seeing the trailer was enough for me to demand my money back!!

        • Haha, well luckily for us, we were too busy making fun of the Battleship trailer to care and then I spent the rest of the movie wondering why Ralph Fiennes was using his Lord Voldemort voice as Hades.

          “Perseus….the boy who lived….”

    • Just wiki’d her, she’s 27, the perfect age if you ask me! She has my vote for Wonder Woman as well.

      • I can see her more as Catwoman or Elektra, depending if WB/DC wanna add Selina to a movie again so soon or Marvel want to include a Marvel Knights character into a movie or TV show.

      • Gemma as Wonder Woman.

        Bring it on!

        • I’ll come along with that.

        • I’d like her as Lara Croft.

          • Now that seems just about perfect. Far more appropriate than Angelina Jolie, IMO.

            I still would not mind having her as WW either though, mostly b/c I’m okay with Gemma, and very afraid of who else they might cast.

            • While I doubt it’ll happen, Jaimie Alexander is still my pick for Wonder Woman. For the supposed Amazon show, maybe Alexandra Daddario.

    • Dunno, Man. I see Zatanna in her.

      • I can see her in all of the above ^^^^^^^^^^^^

  3. Christopher Nolan doing a thriller? Hell yes.
    This is the kind of movie I expected Chris
    to do first after The Dark Knight Rises.

    • He isnt directing.. he just wrote it a long time ago

      • Yes, I noticed in rereading. Hopes dashed on this one.
        I have been waiting for Chris to do some smaller
        films for a while and now I’ll wait longer.

        • I know i was extremely excited reading the title them kinda fizzled out after reading. Also he hasnt done a romance like film id be interested to see it

          • Nolan should do a Western and a Muppets movie in the near future.

          • I would like Chris to think more like Alfred
            Hitchcock and add thrillers and romance
            to his visual spectacle portfolio of film.

            • His early films were hitchcock esc. Well memento atleast. He is still the guy right now in hollywood so ill be interested to see what else he has up his sleeve

              • I originally thought of Chris as sort of
                a modern day Hitchcock based on his
                work and we shall see where he goes.

              • And I do give Chris the
                title as best director today.

                • As do i

  4. Gemma Arterton and Christopher Nolan sound great. I’m not sure how hip I am on Tim Roth, though…

  5. “Czechoslovakian”? Really? There is no Czechoslovakia since 1993. Šefčík is Czech director. By the way, he has good visual sensibility, but so far he struggled with the story. I would say he is not a good narator.

  6. Good news for me. I love me some Tim Roth.

  7. Both actors will be worth watching when this movie comes out. I’m curious what Mr Nolan thinks of his older screenplay being made, he probably doesn’t care.