A few years ago, two things happened. My alarm ringtone was changed to Mind Heist by Zack Hemsey (the music from the trailer for Inception) and I stumbled upon Interstellar’s IMDb page. At the time, Interstellar was one of many movies in line to be directed by Steven Spielberg. Those movies included War Horse, The Adventures of Tintin and Lincoln.
From time to time I would check on Interstellar‘s status and be met with disappointment as Spielberg would pick a new project. But after seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s zero gravity fight sequence in Inception, an idea struck me and took hold. Christopher Nolan needs to direct Interstellar.
In January news broke that he was in talks to take over and yesterday it was announced that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar will be released in theaters and IMAX on November 7th, 2014. Nolan is currently rewriting the script (originally penned by his brother Jonathan) to incorporate his own ideas. The movie is being co-produced and distributed by Paramount and Warner Bros; a rare joint venture proving how hot Nolan is right now.
There’s not much information on the plot yet, considering the screenplay is still being reworked. All that’s really known is that Jonathan Nolan’s script was based on physicist Kip Thorne’s theories on gravity fields and wormholes and that the plot involves time travel and alternate dimensions.
That’s all we know. So what can we glean from this information?
Interstellar is the first Christopher Nolan movie since 2006’s The Prestige not to have a summer tentpole release. The November release date leads me to think this will be a very big movie for Christopher Nolan’s career. November signifies the start of Oscar season and setting Interstellar up at the kickoff could be rather telling.
Nolan’s movies earn money. He’s highly talented Hollywood gold and his highest grossing movies have all had summer releases. Considering Disney’s Star Wars and The Avengers 2 aren’t coming until 2015, I think a cluttered summer slate can be ruled out. Based on the very limited information at hand, I think Interstellar will be a new direction for Nolan’s career.
One of my issues with Inception was the complex plot was forced to be slightly dumbed down. It was a summer blockbuster and much of the dialogue involves a character explaining what is happening on screen. Interstellar‘s November release could mean a more cerebral and less held back script from the Nolan brothers. Since they’re writing for a different audience, it may become something that could harken back to the mind bending days of Memento.
This could be a turning point for Nolan but it’s clearly too early to speculate on such things. I just wanted to voice my excitement for a movie that I never thought I’d see get made the way I wanted it to be made.
How do you feel about Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight Trilogy? Who do you think will be cast out of the pool of talent Nolan usually chooses from? Do you think Nolan has the talent to make the first Sci-Fi to win Best Picture? What’s your alarm ringtone?