New Christopher Nolan and Justice League rumors seemingly appear every other day now, but we have little to no reason to take any seriously (yet, anyway). Besides, it's more interesting to discuss what the filmmaker is making next, as a followup to his Dark Knight trilogy finale: the sci-fi project Interstellar, based on an original script written by his brother Jonathan Nolan.
Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures are co-distributing the film, which depicts "a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding." That's probably all the concrete information we're going to get at this stage, based on previous experience waiting to learn about Nolan productions like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises (though, we have heard the story was influenced by Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne's theories on wormholes).
Interstellar begins its theatrical run on November 7th, 2014 according to an official announcement from WB and Paramount. Its competition in the weekend box office derby includes a currently-untitled Disney 3D animated feature, prior to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arriving two weeks later. The press release confirms it will be screening in IMAX theaters, so chances are good that C. Nolan's planning to shoot a healthy portion of Interstellar in the native IMAX format (a la his second and third Batman movies).
We should start to hear some casting announcements for Interstellar over the next few months, given that principal photography looks to be getting going sometime this Summer. While select members of C. Nolan's preferred go-to acting troupe will undoubtedly be involved (does Michael Caine even wait for the call anymore?), the film should feature an untested lead for a Nolan picture. At the least, Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio appear too busy for the job.
Interstellar marks Christopher Nolan's first directing effort without assistance from Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, with the exception of his shoestring-budgeted debut Following. That's because Pfister is keeping busy working on his own directing debut Transcendence, which Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas are producing through Syncopy Films. Similar to Interstellar, Pfister's project revolves around contemporary (re: relevant) scientific ideas. It boasts a promising cast that includes Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), much like Interstellar should have assembled in the foreseeable future.
We learned a couple months back that Chris Nolan is reworking his brother's script draft, in order to incorporate his own idea(s). The filmmaker past work includes a number of interesting and recurring motifs (character types, themes, etc.), so it's encouraging to learn he's taking extra steps to leaves his artistic thumbprint on the screenplay for Interstellar. Frankly, at this point, it's more than a little silly to doubt his abilities in that department.
Look for Interstellar in theaters on November 7th, 2014.
Source: Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures