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Christopher Nolan wants to do his Howard Hughes biopic after The Dark Knight Rises

02.11.2011

What does Christopher Nolan want to do after THE DARK KNIGHT RISES? Apparently he wants to get to work on his Howard Hughes biopic.

A while back, Nolan wanted to do a biopic on Mr. Hughes but decided to shelve it when he realized that Martin Scorsese's THE AVIATOR would make it to the big screen first. Don't think that Nolan is doing a repeat though. Scorsese's film was based on Charles Higham’s biography Howard Hughes: The Secret Life, which covered the early years of Hughes' life up to 1947. Nolan's movie would be based on Michael Drosnin’s Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness. That novel covers the later half of Hughes' life covering all the crazier shit--sitting naked in your personal theater peeing into milk bottles was only the beginning.

I own Citizen Hughes and it probes deeply into the mind of Hughes through papers and documents (over 3,000) that were stolen from his home. The paranoia that Hughes' experiences becomes more severe while his constant struggle with various phobias only fuel the fire. The book opens the door to Howard's life and secrets. It's a great read. After Scorsese's film, I sort of fixated on Hughes.

Here is some of the stuff that Nolan's movie will cover:

"We'll meet the Howard Hughes who spent much of 1948 sitting naked in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel with only a pink dinner napkin covering his genitals as he screened movies from his studio, RKO Pictures, and ran up an $11 million tab; the Hughes who — obsessed with food safety — once bought every franchise restaurant chain in his home state of Texas, and who was similarly so concerned about air quality that he installed an aircraft filtration system in his 1954 Chrysler New Yorker, taking up its entire trunk; the Howard Hughes who had his hair cut and nails trimmed only once a year, and who was seemingly as addicted to Baskin Robbins Banana Ripple ice cream as he was to regular codeine injections; the Hughes who at the end of his life considered only Mormons trustworthy enough to be let into his inner circle."

Nolan wants to shoot the film in late 2012 then release it in 2014. The director feels that 10 years would give it enough time so there will be little comparison.

Extra Tidbit: Is it okay for DiCaprio to play Hughes in this film? I'm going to just say yes.
Source: Vulture

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9:01PM on 02/14/2011
I'm interested in anything Nolan does, but this sounds like the film I wanted to see from Scorcesse. I'm gonna be honest, Aviator bored me. It was another biopic that just wasn't that interesting, only hinting at what made Hughes such a fascinating person. Nolan can certainly make films that mess with the head, so I know that he can make a film that really gets into the head of Hughes later in his life.
I'm interested in anything Nolan does, but this sounds like the film I wanted to see from Scorcesse. I'm gonna be honest, Aviator bored me. It was another biopic that just wasn't that interesting, only hinting at what made Hughes such a fascinating person. Nolan can certainly make films that mess with the head, so I know that he can make a film that really gets into the head of Hughes later in his life.
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8:38PM on 02/14/2011

Must Happen

I just watched The Aviator a few days ago and Leo is no favorite of mine but I have to say that he can blow away certain roles and this was one of them. This would be perfect! I could see it happening with their working relationship already established and Leo aging, it would be classic!
I just watched The Aviator a few days ago and Leo is no favorite of mine but I have to say that he can blow away certain roles and this was one of them. This would be perfect! I could see it happening with their working relationship already established and Leo aging, it would be classic!
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5:21PM on 02/13/2011
leo was great and should have won the oscar that year. but i would really like to see christian bale take a crack at this. christian bale can do it all. im also hoping he ends up in the sinatra biopic.
leo was great and should have won the oscar that year. but i would really like to see christian bale take a crack at this. christian bale can do it all. im also hoping he ends up in the sinatra biopic.
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2:25AM on 02/13/2011
Reading this article, I was against this idea right up until I read the extra tidbit. Now I think that would be awesome.
Reading this article, I was against this idea right up until I read the extra tidbit. Now I think that would be awesome.
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10:49PM on 02/12/2011
Sounds to me like Nolan wants an Oscar!

Has anyone else noticed how much this guy looks like a young L Ron Hubbard? He has the same sneery, spitty mouth. I'd love to see him in a biopic.
Sounds to me like Nolan wants an Oscar!

Has anyone else noticed how much this guy looks like a young L Ron Hubbard? He has the same sneery, spitty mouth. I'd love to see him in a biopic.
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1:21PM on 02/12/2011
Good. As long as this doesn't interfere with my Howard the Duck biopic.
Good. As long as this doesn't interfere with my Howard the Duck biopic.
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1:00PM on 02/12/2011
I trust nolan but he's making a mistake that so many great directors have made. They become famous for these amazing fiction pieces like Inception and TDK and then they want to do something more serious like a biopic that kind of breaks their momentum. Though, of course, every director will make at least one or two stinkers in their career. Hell, Jackson came off the LOTR and did King Kong. Also, lets not forget Spielberg and Amastad.
I trust nolan but he's making a mistake that so many great directors have made. They become famous for these amazing fiction pieces like Inception and TDK and then they want to do something more serious like a biopic that kind of breaks their momentum. Though, of course, every director will make at least one or two stinkers in their career. Hell, Jackson came off the LOTR and did King Kong. Also, lets not forget Spielberg and Amastad.
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1:11PM on 02/12/2011
and lets not forget nolan did inception and batman (+ dark knight). three not that great movies, after his two masterpieces memento and prestige.
and lets not forget nolan did inception and batman (+ dark knight). three not that great movies, after his two masterpieces memento and prestige.
8:07PM on 02/13/2011
The Prestige was after Batman Begins, Creasy-Bear...
The Prestige was after Batman Begins, Creasy-Bear...
11:42AM on 02/12/2011
The Aviator was good, but it wasn't amazing. So I think it's pretty safe to do another.
The Aviator was good, but it wasn't amazing. So I think it's pretty safe to do another.
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10:23AM on 02/12/2011
Another Hughes movie so soon doesn't seem to enthralling, but in Nolan We Trust. His track record is flawless.
Another Hughes movie so soon doesn't seem to enthralling, but in Nolan We Trust. His track record is flawless.
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3:53AM on 02/12/2011
Why not make a franchise out of it. Howard Hughes the billionair playboy/crazy genius gets in crazy steamy situations? This is Hollywood we are talking about here.
Why not make a franchise out of it. Howard Hughes the billionair playboy/crazy genius gets in crazy steamy situations? This is Hollywood we are talking about here.
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3:02AM on 02/12/2011
If Leo comes on, it's a great idea. Otherwise, it's still a good idea.
If Leo comes on, it's a great idea. Otherwise, it's still a good idea.
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12:29AM on 02/12/2011
Leo Leo Leo! I'd been wanting an Aviator sequel since '05, and now we might get one with Nolan directing??? /climax/
Leo Leo Leo! I'd been wanting an Aviator sequel since '05, and now we might get one with Nolan directing??? /climax/
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10:50PM on 02/11/2011
Yeah, I can see this movie making about $500 worldwide box office. Why not simply make another Robin Hood or Three Musketeers film? Been there and done that...
Yeah, I can see this movie making about $500 worldwide box office. Why not simply make another Robin Hood or Three Musketeers film? Been there and done that...
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9:25PM on 02/11/2011
awesomeness.
awesomeness.
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9:11PM on 02/11/2011
Since the comparisons to The Aviator are going to be inevitable even 10 years later, the production should be a loose sequel (kinda of like how The Queen and The Special Relationship are sequels of The Deal, all with Michael Sheen).

If it's really just picking up where The Aviator left off and they're both biopics, might as well consider it a sequel. What's not to like? Get DiCaprio to reprise the role and they're reunited from Inception.
Since the comparisons to The Aviator are going to be inevitable even 10 years later, the production should be a loose sequel (kinda of like how The Queen and The Special Relationship are sequels of The Deal, all with Michael Sheen).

If it's really just picking up where The Aviator left off and they're both biopics, might as well consider it a sequel. What's not to like? Get DiCaprio to reprise the role and they're reunited from Inception.
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9:03PM on 02/11/2011
It would be awesome for DiCaprio to reprise in this. I don't know if something like this has ever been done in a movie before. I think it would be awesome if he did and got nominated and actually won a best actor Oscar! I'm just saying...
It would be awesome for DiCaprio to reprise in this. I don't know if something like this has ever been done in a movie before. I think it would be awesome if he did and got nominated and actually won a best actor Oscar! I'm just saying...
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8:46PM on 02/11/2011
Actually Michael Shannon would be an awesome choice.
Actually Michael Shannon would be an awesome choice.
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8:45PM on 02/11/2011
That would be awesome if DiCaprio reprised his role
That would be awesome if DiCaprio reprised his role
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8:31PM on 02/11/2011
Whoever gonna play Howard Huges in this film have a large shoes to fill. DiCaprio was brilliant in The Aviator.
Whoever gonna play Howard Huges in this film have a large shoes to fill. DiCaprio was brilliant in The Aviator.
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8:18PM on 02/11/2011
I love how Nolan said he thinks about one project at a time, but then has something slated for 2014 when he hasn't even finished TDKR. I'm hoping we'll see his name attached to a Bond film one day.
I love how Nolan said he thinks about one project at a time, but then has something slated for 2014 when he hasn't even finished TDKR. I'm hoping we'll see his name attached to a Bond film one day.
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7:41PM on 02/11/2011
Contrary to what others here think, Leo would be an awful choice. The main problem with the movie is being compared with Aviator. If he wants to make something that stands out there can be no similarities in execution.
Contrary to what others here think, Leo would be an awful choice. The main problem with the movie is being compared with Aviator. If he wants to make something that stands out there can be no similarities in execution.
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7:36PM on 02/11/2011
I feel DiCaprio is a ver plausible choice considering he played howard hughes allready and he has worked with Nolan before...I loved the Aviator; im so down for this.
I feel DiCaprio is a ver plausible choice considering he played howard hughes allready and he has worked with Nolan before...I loved the Aviator; im so down for this.
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7:36PM on 02/11/2011
sitting naked in your personal theater peeing into milk bottles means youre crazy? Yikes, I may need some help. Jk, but anyway, I would hope for Leo to return, but no chance in hell of it happening
sitting naked in your personal theater peeing into milk bottles means youre crazy? Yikes, I may need some help. Jk, but anyway, I would hope for Leo to return, but no chance in hell of it happening
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7:34PM on 02/11/2011

I'M DOWN

I wouldn't mind seeing Leo reprise his role as Hughes. It'd be like Michael Sheen reprising his role as Tony Blair in any other movie that wasn't necessarily directed by Stephen Frears ('The Special Relationship' was directed by Richard Loncraine).
I wouldn't mind seeing Leo reprise his role as Hughes. It'd be like Michael Sheen reprising his role as Tony Blair in any other movie that wasn't necessarily directed by Stephen Frears ('The Special Relationship' was directed by Richard Loncraine).
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7:31PM on 02/11/2011
He originally wanted Jim Carrey as Howard Hughes when he was first planning the film. I wonder if he still has him in mind, or if he'll go with DiCaprio now that he's worked with him. Either way, I'd love to see Nolan tackle something more classic, just to see how he handles it.
He originally wanted Jim Carrey as Howard Hughes when he was first planning the film. I wonder if he still has him in mind, or if he'll go with DiCaprio now that he's worked with him. Either way, I'd love to see Nolan tackle something more classic, just to see how he handles it.
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7:09PM on 02/11/2011
What about Guy Pearce? Instead of sticking with Leo and risking too many comparisons, why not bring in someone new who has also worked with Nolan before. To me it seems like Pearce could be a good fit.
What about Guy Pearce? Instead of sticking with Leo and risking too many comparisons, why not bring in someone new who has also worked with Nolan before. To me it seems like Pearce could be a good fit.
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7:19PM on 02/11/2011
I love Pearce and would love to see him in a huge picture again, but it just feels to right and too unique of an opportunity for Leo to get back in the role.

I love Pearce and would love to see him in a huge picture again, but it just feels to right and too unique of an opportunity for Leo to get back in the role.

7:08PM on 02/11/2011
Hopefully it won't be the slick piece of Oscar bait that "The Aviator" was... but, please, no Leo again. I thought he was rather miscast in the role (especially during the later years). : P
Hopefully it won't be the slick piece of Oscar bait that "The Aviator" was... but, please, no Leo again. I thought he was rather miscast in the role (especially during the later years). : P
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7:06PM on 02/11/2011
We all know Nolan's not going to film a straight biopic. He chose the crazy period; I'm sure there's a lot that a writer/director like Nolan could work with. I can't wait to see what's up his sleeve.
We all know Nolan's not going to film a straight biopic. He chose the crazy period; I'm sure there's a lot that a writer/director like Nolan could work with. I can't wait to see what's up his sleeve.
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7:01PM on 02/11/2011

this will be the greatest movie of all time

of course Leo will play Howard Hughes! Chris Nolan always reuses actors. he has been planning this for years. the only reason Leo was cast in Inception was so that Nolan could get him for this movie. he incepted him.
of course Leo will play Howard Hughes! Chris Nolan always reuses actors. he has been planning this for years. the only reason Leo was cast in Inception was so that Nolan could get him for this movie. he incepted him.
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7:04PM on 02/11/2011
what? howard hughes dad is going to be played by michael caine?!
what? howard hughes dad is going to be played by michael caine?!
7:18PM on 02/11/2011
Sure hope Leo does, will make a neat dynamic with The Aviator. Same character, same universe, different vision different story.
Sure hope Leo does, will make a neat dynamic with The Aviator. Same character, same universe, different vision different story.
6:56PM on 02/11/2011
Go for it Nolan! Might even be an interesting companion piece to watch back to back with The Aviator. Could also be an interesting departure from the dark thrillers we are used to seeing from Nolan.
Go for it Nolan! Might even be an interesting companion piece to watch back to back with The Aviator. Could also be an interesting departure from the dark thrillers we are used to seeing from Nolan.
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6:55PM on 02/11/2011

IF

they get Leo to do it, I'm down. Otherwise - no.

It's not like a 'franchise' character or anything, it would just be very very damn cool to see Leo play the same character but in a different way. It would connect with the audience much more and be much more effective in the end. However I'm sure they'd first have to get Scorsese's permission and then get Leo on board.
they get Leo to do it, I'm down. Otherwise - no.

It's not like a 'franchise' character or anything, it would just be very very damn cool to see Leo play the same character but in a different way. It would connect with the audience much more and be much more effective in the end. However I'm sure they'd first have to get Scorsese's permission and then get Leo on board.
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6:53PM on 02/11/2011
Hmm I don't know. Nolan is very talented but Howard Hughes was batshit crazy. We all know that. The Aviator was a sufficient enough film to explore that insanity. Will another Hughes film be interesting? We'll see.
Hmm I don't know. Nolan is very talented but Howard Hughes was batshit crazy. We all know that. The Aviator was a sufficient enough film to explore that insanity. Will another Hughes film be interesting? We'll see.
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6:52PM on 02/11/2011
He's kind of right though. The entire film will have a sort of "been there, done that" feeling.

After the shear originality of his films like Memento, Prestige, Inception, etc. I was hoping he would do something a bit more original than a biopic.

BUT, it's Nolan so I'm sure it'll be great. I just wish he'd do something more original and creative. After all, he's pretty much the only guy injecting some intelligence into summer blockbusters.
He's kind of right though. The entire film will have a sort of "been there, done that" feeling.

After the shear originality of his films like Memento, Prestige, Inception, etc. I was hoping he would do something a bit more original than a biopic.

BUT, it's Nolan so I'm sure it'll be great. I just wish he'd do something more original and creative. After all, he's pretty much the only guy injecting some intelligence into summer blockbusters.
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