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02.11.2009

Christopher Nolan has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to direct a big-scale film based on a script he wrote. But, no, it's not another Batman film. Nolan long professed his desire to direct a non-Batman film after THE DARK KNIGHT and kept good on his promise quietly working on the script for INCEPTION, a top-secret film that Warner Bros. is looking to get into production this summer. The studio has penciled in a summer 2010 for the film, which I incorrectly first read as INCEPTICON and thought Nolan was directing some weird TRANSFORMERS spinoff.

While this is not Batman news, it sort of is in that it gives us an idea when we might see another Nolan/Bale Batman film if at all. If Nolan is working on INCEPTION through 2009 and the early parts of 2010, he'll likely be busy through the majority of 2010 promoting that film. Assuming he and brother Jonathan could get cracking on a new Batman script during all that hullabaloo, the soonest he'd be able to get filming going on a new Batman movie would be 2011, which would give us a 2012 release date. And that's best cast scenario. Worst case scenario, obviously, is that Nolan walks away from the franchise and takes Christian Bale with him. Still, Batman aside, aren't you just dying to know what he's cooking up with INCEPTION? Action? Sci-fi? Slapstick comedy? Or is INCEPTION just a clever nickname for BATMAN 3?.... UPDATE - Warner Bros. has sent out a release that describes the film as a "contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind." So no slapstick. :(

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8:55PM on 02/12/2009

Good For Nolan

Good for Nolan. Honestly, I feel like if he makes a third Batman it can't beat how good TDK was. I wouldn't hate the guy if he moved from Batman and let someone else take the reins (Something Gore Verbinski should have done after Pirates 2, the third one soiled his name.)

The new movie will hopefully be as well done as all of his previous ones.
Good for Nolan. Honestly, I feel like if he makes a third Batman it can't beat how good TDK was. I wouldn't hate the guy if he moved from Batman and let someone else take the reins (Something Gore Verbinski should have done after Pirates 2, the third one soiled his name.)

The new movie will hopefully be as well done as all of his previous ones.
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12:30PM on 02/12/2009

Inception? Maybe it's a code name like Rory's First Kiss

You gotta laugh. If it was Brett Ratner everyone would be like "That sounds awful".
But because it's Nolan everyone can't wait for it,evan though no one has a clue what it's truly about.
I think it could be a codename for The Exec,that's a film he's been trying to make for ages and is a Sci-Fi.
You gotta laugh. If it was Brett Ratner everyone would be like "That sounds awful".
But because it's Nolan everyone can't wait for it,evan though no one has a clue what it's truly about.
I think it could be a codename for The Exec,that's a film he's been trying to make for ages and is a Sci-Fi.
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10:48AM on 02/12/2009

Headline should read:

"Warner Bros. hands Nolan a blank check."

Seriously, a "contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind," directed by Christopher fuckmothering Nolan? It's already one of the most promising movies of 2010.

Oh, and Nolan already asked Bale about Batman 3, but all he had to say was "YOU AND ME ARE FUCKIN' DONE, PROFESSIONALLY!"

Something about lights.
"Warner Bros. hands Nolan a blank check."

Seriously, a "contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind," directed by Christopher fuckmothering Nolan? It's already one of the most promising movies of 2010.

Oh, and Nolan already asked Bale about Batman 3, but all he had to say was "YOU AND ME ARE FUCKIN' DONE, PROFESSIONALLY!"

Something about lights.
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8:33AM on 02/12/2009

Insomnia

I agree that the description of this film is right in Nolan's territory (he is a master of the psychological) and I really hope his brother is involved, since their collaborations produce the best films (Memento, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight). While Insomnia may not have been his best film, it was still a well-made movie, which proves how talented this man is. Also, Insomnia was the only film he didn't write, so that might explain the difference (all the films he co-wrote are great films
I agree that the description of this film is right in Nolan's territory (he is a master of the psychological) and I really hope his brother is involved, since their collaborations produce the best films (Memento, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight). While Insomnia may not have been his best film, it was still a well-made movie, which proves how talented this man is. Also, Insomnia was the only film he didn't write, so that might explain the difference (all the films he co-wrote are great films in my opinion). Therefore, if he wrote this script (which it appears he has), this could be another excellent film. I can't wait!
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3:47AM on 02/12/2009
Nolan's been one of my favorite directors since I first saw Momento back in high school (before Batman Begins came out). The only one of his films that I haven't fallen completely in love with is Insomnia, and that was still a good film, just not quite the same calibur as his others.
Nolan's been one of my favorite directors since I first saw Momento back in high school (before Batman Begins came out). The only one of his films that I haven't fallen completely in love with is Insomnia, and that was still a good film, just not quite the same calibur as his others.
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2:22AM on 02/12/2009
Totally down for this. Nolan is king.
Totally down for this. Nolan is king.
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1:35AM on 02/12/2009

Cool

Memento is better than Dark Knight, I'm hoping for a great original-story Nolen followup.
Memento is better than Dark Knight, I'm hoping for a great original-story Nolen followup.
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1:32AM on 02/12/2009

whoa

i like the sound of this. seems like his territory
i like the sound of this. seems like his territory
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1:19AM on 02/12/2009

awesome

this should be good, I loved Memento and The Prestige, havent seen Insomnia yet. Hopefully Christian Bale is in this.
this should be good, I loved Memento and The Prestige, havent seen Insomnia yet. Hopefully Christian Bale is in this.
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12:37AM on 02/12/2009
Nolan is one of the best directors working, and such a long career ahead of him, eh.

Sure bad news that Batman 3 will take so long but safe to say, already stoked about Inception.
Nolan is one of the best directors working, and such a long career ahead of him, eh.

Sure bad news that Batman 3 will take so long but safe to say, already stoked about Inception.
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11:59PM on 02/11/2009

AWWW....

....this is awesome, awesome news (plus Warner's behind it), but I was kinda' hoping we'd get Batman 3 in 2011. I don't mind waiting. Heck I'd wait for 2014 if it meant getting something as phenomenal as TDK, but 2011 looks like a crazy blockbuster year. Avengers, Spider-Man 4, (possibly) POTC 4, Captain America, The Hobbit, Transformers 3, (possibly) another Bourne movie, etc. It would be so cool if Batman 3 made it there as well. Would be funny too to see how other studios would move their
....this is awesome, awesome news (plus Warner's behind it), but I was kinda' hoping we'd get Batman 3 in 2011. I don't mind waiting. Heck I'd wait for 2014 if it meant getting something as phenomenal as TDK, but 2011 looks like a crazy blockbuster year. Avengers, Spider-Man 4, (possibly) POTC 4, Captain America, The Hobbit, Transformers 3, (possibly) another Bourne movie, etc. It would be so cool if Batman 3 made it there as well. Would be funny too to see how other studios would move their movies around just to avoid Batman's release date. Seriously, who'd compete against the sequel to the 2nd highest grossing flick in Holywood history?

Either way, great news. Can't wait for this to take off.
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11:51PM on 02/11/2009
I WILL SEE ANYTHING THIS MAN MAKES!!!!!!!
I WILL SEE ANYTHING THIS MAN MAKES!!!!!!!
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11:37PM on 02/11/2009
Hey as long as it's anywhere near as good as the prestige I'm going to be happy.
Hey as long as it's anywhere near as good as the prestige I'm going to be happy.
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11:25PM on 02/11/2009
Nolan is one of the best directors working right now. Looking forward to seeing more about Inception. ..haha.. Ooohh Goood!
Nolan is one of the best directors working right now. Looking forward to seeing more about Inception. ..haha.. Ooohh Goood!
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11:20PM on 02/11/2009
nice tidbit. i lol'd
nice tidbit. i lol'd
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9:11PM on 02/11/2009
Sounds like a Contemporary "Prestige"... I'm there
Sounds like a Contemporary "Prestige"... I'm there
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8:56PM on 02/11/2009
A contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind? Ooooh, sounds sexy. Hope it's better than Insomnia though, his only movie I didn't really like.
A contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind? Ooooh, sounds sexy. Hope it's better than Insomnia though, his only movie I didn't really like.
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8:02PM on 02/11/2009
I'm there for any film of Nolan's.
I'm there for any film of Nolan's.
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7:37PM on 02/11/2009
Nolan is my favorite director but I HATED both of his Batman movies. Every non-Batman movie he does is great though. So, I'm looking forward to this new one.
Nolan is my favorite director but I HATED both of his Batman movies. Every non-Batman movie he does is great though. So, I'm looking forward to this new one.
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7:23PM on 02/11/2009
You say "this is not batman news" as though that's a bad thing... You do know that Nolan makes other great movies, right? You've seen them, I'm sure. Every Nolan story does not have to be connected to Batman now.

That said, I'm looking forward to hearing more about INCEPTION. Nolan has yet to deliver a movie I didn't like.
You say "this is not batman news" as though that's a bad thing... You do know that Nolan makes other great movies, right? You've seen them, I'm sure. Every Nolan story does not have to be connected to Batman now.

That said, I'm looking forward to hearing more about INCEPTION. Nolan has yet to deliver a movie I didn't like.
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7:15PM on 02/11/2009
I say give Batman a rest and make another film as great as The Prestige.
I say give Batman a rest and make another film as great as The Prestige.
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7:02PM on 02/11/2009

id love a new batman movie

and in my professinal opinion i think nolan is one of the better story tellers of today. so im not upset if its not a new batman.

any nolan making a new movie news is good news to me.
and in my professinal opinion i think nolan is one of the better story tellers of today. so im not upset if its not a new batman.

any nolan making a new movie news is good news to me.
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6:53PM on 02/11/2009
YAY. I've been anxious to see what else (other than Batman) Nolan is going to do, so yeah, I'm there. And I hope his brother is the one doing the script--the guy's a ridiculously good writer.
YAY. I've been anxious to see what else (other than Batman) Nolan is going to do, so yeah, I'm there. And I hope his brother is the one doing the script--the guy's a ridiculously good writer.
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6:24PM on 02/11/2009
Hollywood Reporter says:

"Inception" is described as "a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind."

- Maybe we'll get Nolan ans Bale again or perhaps Nolan and Eckhart.
Hollywood Reporter says:

"Inception" is described as "a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind."

- Maybe we'll get Nolan ans Bale again or perhaps Nolan and Eckhart.
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6:20PM on 02/11/2009

any chance of a

Nolan/Bale reunion?
Nolan/Bale reunion?
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6:03PM on 02/11/2009

I want

joker to be in it.
joker to be in it.
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5:54PM on 02/11/2009
Sounds intriguing! Maybe brother Jonathan could work on a Bats 3 script while Chris is working on INCEPTION? In any case, I'd rather wait for another Nolan Batman than have it be rushed.
Sounds intriguing! Maybe brother Jonathan could work on a Bats 3 script while Chris is working on INCEPTION? In any case, I'd rather wait for another Nolan Batman than have it be rushed.
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5:40PM on 02/11/2009
I think when all the hype from dark knight has died down he'll probably start thinking of another batman movie, I remember reading before TDK was released he'd be interested in doing a third. In the mean time, hopefully inception will be as good as his other movies.
I think when all the hype from dark knight has died down he'll probably start thinking of another batman movie, I remember reading before TDK was released he'd be interested in doing a third. In the mean time, hopefully inception will be as good as his other movies.
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5:34PM on 02/11/2009

uh dave..

The Prestige came out in 2006, a year after Batman Begins. Chris isn't starting Inception until a year after TDK.

That being said, I AM SO EXCITED!
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The Prestige came out in 2006, a year after Batman Begins. Chris isn't starting Inception until a year after TDK.

That being said, I AM SO EXCITED!
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5:30PM on 02/11/2009

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5:11PM on 02/11/2009
I don't mind Chris Nolan NOT doing another Batman film. After TDK, he must be pretty exhausted and in need of a good break. Either way, "Inception" sounds very interesting.
I don't mind Chris Nolan NOT doing another Batman film. After TDK, he must be pretty exhausted and in need of a good break. Either way, "Inception" sounds very interesting.
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5:01PM on 02/11/2009
Christopher Nolan could direct a documentary on how fish tanks are made and I would be there opening day.
Christopher Nolan could direct a documentary on how fish tanks are made and I would be there opening day.
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