Christopher Nolan. Outer space. “A heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.” And it’s all going to be in IMAX. Start getting excited.
Now that he has wrapped up his trilogy of blockbuster Batman adventures, Nolan is setting his sights a little higher than the monolithic skyscrapers of Gotham City for his next directorial effort, the epic science-fiction adventure Interstellar. The sure-to-be-extremely-costly film is months still from going into production, but it has already locked down a release date and has two studios footing the bills.
Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros., the latter studio having been Nolan’s home for over a decade, will co-finance Interstellar, with Paramount handling domestic distribution while Warner Bros. takes international territories. Nolan is polishing an original screenplay written by his brother Jonathan Nolan and will produce alongside his wife and partner Emma Thomas and Lynda Obst, the producer of such films as Sleepless in Seattle and Contact.
The release date has been set for November 7, 2014, giving it a head start on a typically crowded holiday movie season packed with heavyweight box office contenders as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and Brad Bird’s top secret Disney project Tomorrowland.
Interstellar may not be the only major studio project on Nolan’s dance card for the foreseeable future. Warner Bros. and DC are rumored to be tapping the filmmaker to oversee the development and production of all future films based on DC Comics characters as he did with the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel, much in the way that Marvel Films and Disney hired Joss Whedon for similar duties. Nolan could be using his considerable clout as an acclaimed filmmaker with a few record-breaking blockbusters to his name to help get the studio’s long-suffering Justice League movie off the ground finally with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder calling the shots and Nolan’s Dark Knight Christian Bale possibly returning to the role that made him a star.
If one of the best directors working in film today is making a classic intergalactic adventure in the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey, then I can stand to wait almost two years to see it, especially if we’ll be getting to experience it in the glories of IMAX. Nolan is one of those rare filmmakers who can clearly do no wrong even if one of his movies doesn’t always live up to expectations. You always get more than your money’s worth with a Christopher Nolan movie, and Interstellar looks to be something really special if done completely right.