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Interstellar (2014)

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The Hollywood Reporter:

 

With his Batman trilogy now complete, Christopher Nolan has found his next project.

According to multiple sources, Nolan has set his sights on a sci-fi project titled Interstellar, which he is in talks to direct and produce. The project involves time travel and alternate dimensions in a story that sees a group of explorers travel through a wormhole. The script is based on scientific theories developed by a Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist, a gravitational physicist and astrophysicist at Caltech.


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The script for Interstellar was written by Jonathan Nolan, Chris' brother, who worked on The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight, as well as Prestige. Jonathan Nolan (known as Jonah) also has a "story by" credit for Memento, Chris Nolan’s breakout movie.
Steven Spielberg was previously attached to direct Interstellar and produce with Lynda Obst. It is unclear if Spielberg will remain involved, especially considering the director's planned next movie, Robopocalypse, was delayed indefinitely on Wednesday.

 

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Nick Olson wrote:

: I'm ok with Nolan remaining interested in a genre which typically places less of an emphasis on character development.

Not sure what to make of this comment. The film that put Nolan on the map -- Memento -- was all about getting inside the mind of a character, fragmented though that mind may have been. And the best of the Batman films, i.e. Batman Begins, places a strong emphasis on Bruce Wayne's character development. The Prestige was the first film that got me thinking the Nolan-cares-more-about-plot-mechanics-than-character-development critics might have had a point, and his subsequent films have leaned in that direction more often than not. But it's not like he *has* to settle for that.

What's more, the thing about Nolan's Batman films that made them so interesting to people was that he seemed to fundamentally rethink what the comic-book genre *could be* (at least as far as big-screen adaptations of comic books go). So why should he make a science-fiction film that feels like a regular science-fiction film?

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My statement doesn't discount the fact of Nolan's creativity within the genre nor does it suggest that he hasn't explored character in particular ways in his films, but it does remain as a (friendly!) challenge to the assumption that a director's science fiction films leaning more toward plot mechanics deserves to be criticized like his have been. Which is not to say that people have to like those sorts of films. But it is to say that sometimes criticisms are leveled against a director or film in a way that seems to me a bit misplaced.

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From Ryan's link:

Nolan hasn’t made a bad film yet and I’ve seen what I believe to be everything that he’s made. Doodlebug was good. Following was good. Even Insomnia, which no one remembers but starred Al Pacino and Robin Williams, was a 7.5 at worst.

Perhaps I'm really in the minority on this, but Insomnia is one of my favorite Nolan films. I've enjoyed all his films that I've seen, and The Dark Knight Rises and The Prestige are the only two that didn't completely work for me.

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If the Fort Macleod Gazette can be trusted (a part of the movie is being filmed in the area), here's what Intersellar is about.

 

 

“Interstellar,” or “Flora’s Letter” as the movie is also known, is described as a science fiction movie about explorers who travel through a worm hole into another dimension.
Set in the future, the movie details the toll climate change has taken on agriculture, with corn the last crop to be cultivated.
The scientists embark on a journey through a worm hole into other dimensions in search of somewhere other crops can be grown.

 

In other words, they're going to Garmonbozia.

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Looks like they're targeting people (like me) who gripe about cuts to NASA funding. Seems like a pretty niche audience.

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So, THE RIGHT STUFF meets THE TREE OF LIFE? I'm there.

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"Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here." - Am I the only one sure I've heard that before? Well, not exactly that, but it sounds so familiar, I'm sure I've heard something similar somewhere. I just can't place it. Maybe a sci-fi novel?

 

Anyone?

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