Last July, the Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale Batman films finally came full circle with The Dark Knight Rises. Although Nolan is producing Man of Steel, and he may also produce Justice League, he swears he’s never going back to Batman.
So once you conquer the world of the Dark Knight, what’s next?
It’s very hard to get a completely original movie made these days, and according to one report, Nolan was able to get Inception made if he promised to come back for a last Batman movie. Inception was a big hit, and you get the impression Warner Brothers was surprised that something that wasn’t based on a comic book, or a previously made movie, became a success.
So if you hate remakes, Nolan has enjoyed the kind of commercial success that allows him to make practically any movie he wants. Nolan was even able to make The Dark Knight Rises on film, and he resisted studio pressure to make the movie in 3D. As we previously reported on TG, Nolan’s next film is a sci-fi epic called Interstellar, and his brother Jonathan Nolan is co-writing the screenplay. (Jonathan has been Christopher’s writing partner on most of his films.)
Interstellar is a movie about black holes, and Deadline confirms the film now has a release date of November 7, 2014. Interstellar will be made in a joint releasing venture where Paramount will distribute the film in the U.S., and Warner Brothers will release it overseas.
“As a filmmaker and storyteller, Chris has continuously entertained the world with his extraordinary and unparalleled talents," Brad Grey, the Chairman and CEO of Paramount, said in an official statement about the film. "I am pleased beyond measure to welcome him to the Paramount Pictures family. Partnering with Chris [producer and wife] Emma [Thomas] and [producer] Lynda [Obst] and Warner Bros. to release this original idea next November is the perfect way to start the Thanksgiving and holiday movie season for audiences around the world.”
Nolan is a huge fan of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, and it will absolutely be a trip to see what he can do in the sci-fi genre. It’s also great to see two major studios excited to make (gasp!) an original story. Again, Nolan now has the clout to get an original movie made, and the early buzz on Man of Steel, which is coming in June 14, is very positive so far. (If Steel is a hit, it could also finally give the crucial greenlight to Justice League, which Zack Snyder may also direct.) So we’re definitely looking forward to seeing what new tricks Nolan has up his sleeve with Interstellar next year.