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Production begins on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar; new story details revealed

Aug. 13, 2013by: Paul Shirey

I don't think there's anyone out there that isn't looking forward to what director Christopher Nolan will bring to the screen now that has THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy has wrapped. For some, it's bittersweet, as his interpretation of the Batman mythos is held in such high regard, but the prospect of what the famed director will do next is an exciting one. Before he was dabbling in the superhero genre, Nolan was making brainy, intricate thrillers like MEMENTO and INSOMNIA (even sneaking in INCEPTION between Bat-films), so it will be refreshing to see him back in that genre. Today, Paramount sent out a press release with all the usual cast/crew details, but also a new plot blurb that gives just a bit more insight into what the film is about (highlighted in bold below). And, yes, it certainly sounds like something that fits his bill.

Here's the press release:

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that principal photography on "INTERSTELLAR" is officially underway in Alberta, Canada. The film will be released in IMAX and 35mm theaters on November 7, 2014. Paramount Pictures will distribute domestically, Warner Bros. Pictures internationally.

Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan ("Inception," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, originally developed for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

"INTERSTELLAR" features a prestigious cast that includes Matthew McConaughey ("Magic Mike," "Mud"), Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables," "The Dark Knight Rises"), Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Tree of Life"), Bill Irwin ("Rachel Getting Married," TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation") Academy Award nominee John Lithgow ("Terms of Endearment," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes") Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "Gone Baby Gone"), David Gyasi ("Cloud Atlas"), Wes Bentley ("The Hunger Games"), Mackenzie Foy ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2") Timothe Chalamet (TV's "Homeland"), Topher Grace ("Spider-Man 3"), David Oyelowo ("Jack Reacher," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"), Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn ("The Last Picture Show," "The Exorcist"), and Academy Award winner Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy).

The film is being produced by Academy Award nominee Emma Thomas ("Inception," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy) and Lynda Obst ("How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "The Siege"). Renowned theoretical physicist Kip Thorne is consulting on the film as well as serving as executive producer, along with Jake Myers ("Jack Reacher," "RED," "RED 2") and Jordan Goldberg ("Inception," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy).

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "The Fighter"), Academy Award-nominated production designer Nathan Crowley ("The Dark Knight" Trilogy), Academy Award-nominated costume designer Mary Zophres ("Gangster Squad," "True Grit") Academy Award-nominated editor Lee Smith "The Dark Knight" Trilogy," "Elysium,"), Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer ("The Lion King," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy), and Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin ("Inception," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy).

INTERSTELLAR travels to theaters on November 7, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: What genre would you like to see Nolan dabble in next? I'd love to see what he does with a horror film, personally, and I'm not even a big horror fan.
Source: Paramount

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10:25AM on 08/15/2013

yes!!!!

It's going to be epic.
It's going to be epic.
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2:27AM on 08/15/2013

excited, most anticipated movie now.

so glad directors like Chris Nolan to be back to their original stuffs. each every movies of his movies are master craft. so far dark knight rises was the lowest on grades, yet better then all other super hero movies. And really glad he refused to be directing the dc universe movies (which would be ridiculous). Hope they keep his master piece Batman: Dark Knight as a stand alone to shine on.
Hope he don't get into Bond series, which is too straight n often mindless pursuits.
Keep making ur
so glad directors like Chris Nolan to be back to their original stuffs. each every movies of his movies are master craft. so far dark knight rises was the lowest on grades, yet better then all other super hero movies. And really glad he refused to be directing the dc universe movies (which would be ridiculous). Hope they keep his master piece Batman: Dark Knight as a stand alone to shine on.
Hope he don't get into Bond series, which is too straight n often mindless pursuits.
Keep making ur original stuffs.
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10:46AM on 08/14/2013

The dream is real.

Just like all of Chrisopher Nolans other films, this will be another breathtaking masterpiece.
Just like all of Chrisopher Nolans other films, this will be another breathtaking masterpiece.
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9:44AM on 08/14/2013
Half the word count of this press release is "Academy Award nominee/winner"
Very curious about what the Nolan brothers are cooking up this time and excited that after Batman he has more time for original ideas - plus the full support of WB Studios. Having a studio who trusts a director with big budgets for original ideas is very rare these days. WB took a huge gamble to spend 160 Million $ on a rather complicated mind heist thriller - but it payed off. So I guess Nolan now has a free ticket to
Half the word count of this press release is "Academy Award nominee/winner"
Very curious about what the Nolan brothers are cooking up this time and excited that after Batman he has more time for original ideas - plus the full support of WB Studios. Having a studio who trusts a director with big budgets for original ideas is very rare these days. WB took a huge gamble to spend 160 Million $ on a rather complicated mind heist thriller - but it payed off. So I guess Nolan now has a free ticket to create whatever he can think of.

That is also why I don't want him to do a Bond movie. Those are far too linear, action heavy, product placement driven and studio controlled for a guy like him and eventually would be a waste of his talent as a director and much more so as a writer.

Genres I would like him to do are:
Spy Thriller (present time, no Bond, maybe something around the scary limetless capacities of Prism and such programms)
Also would love to see his take on the Western genre with a non linear narration approach and some noir influences ala Memento
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2:22AM on 08/15/2013
you just spoke out my mind.
you just spoke out my mind.
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8:00AM on 08/14/2013
But try to come up with a story that can survive more than a quick analysis of it's logic.
Nolan films are always impressive, but when you think about them they don't make sense.
But try to come up with a story that can survive more than a quick analysis of it's logic.
Nolan films are always impressive, but when you think about them they don't make sense.
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9:28PM on 08/13/2013
Most anticipated of 2014...can't wait
Most anticipated of 2014...can't wait
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8:43PM on 08/13/2013

So psyched for this...

The cast alone is enough to get me excited, but with Nolan writing and directing, I'm already planning to camp out for tickets... What I don't get however is why the Batman fans are so quick to his defense when he's complimented. I loved the Dark Knight Trilogy, but I agree with The_Soloist. I enjoyed Memento, The Prestige, and Inception more than the Batman films, with the possible exception of The Dark Knight. I don't understand why people take that as a slight toward Nolan. The Dark
The cast alone is enough to get me excited, but with Nolan writing and directing, I'm already planning to camp out for tickets... What I don't get however is why the Batman fans are so quick to his defense when he's complimented. I loved the Dark Knight Trilogy, but I agree with The_Soloist. I enjoyed Memento, The Prestige, and Inception more than the Batman films, with the possible exception of The Dark Knight. I don't understand why people take that as a slight toward Nolan. The Dark Knight rises was, by far, his weakest film... But when you have this guys resume, that doesn't mean much. His worst film is still much better than most people's best film. I myself was disappointed a little, not because it was bad, but because he's done so many amazing things that I had incredibly high expectations.
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11:27AM on 08/14/2013
Fanboys are retarded! It became the "cool" thing to dump on Rises when it is a great film on its own merits.
Fanboys are retarded! It became the "cool" thing to dump on Rises when it is a great film on its own merits.
12:35PM on 08/26/2013
@Antarius

I agree... On it's own merits, it was a great movie... And with the possible exception of Burton's first Batman, it was still better than any Batman made before Nolan took over.
@Antarius

I agree... On it's own merits, it was a great movie... And with the possible exception of Burton's first Batman, it was still better than any Batman made before Nolan took over.
7:34PM on 08/13/2013
Who IS this young up-and-comer "Chris Nolan"?

Looks like he might have a future in the moving picture business!
Who IS this young up-and-comer "Chris Nolan"?

Looks like he might have a future in the moving picture business!
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6:09PM on 08/13/2013
I'm excited, it will be good to have a new Christopher Nolan film that's an all original idea. This way I don't have to bring in any pre-conceived notions of how characters should be. I already know that I'm going to like this more than The Dark Knight Rises.
I'm excited, it will be good to have a new Christopher Nolan film that's an all original idea. This way I don't have to bring in any pre-conceived notions of how characters should be. I already know that I'm going to like this more than The Dark Knight Rises.
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4:59PM on 08/13/2013

Where's Wally?

Where's Wally Pfister?

Hope it was really Nolan who mastered the look of his past collabs with Pfister. But still as a dp I feel a bit worried about the change. Guess Pfister's busy becoming a director himself.
Where's Wally Pfister?

Hope it was really Nolan who mastered the look of his past collabs with Pfister. But still as a dp I feel a bit worried about the change. Guess Pfister's busy becoming a director himself.
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5:17PM on 08/13/2013
Yeah, it was announced back when The Dark Knight Rises was released that Wally Pfister would no longer continue as Director of Photography and would instead pursue a career as a director. His directorial debut is Transcendence, to be released next year. This is old news and should have been expected. The more interesting announcement is who his replacement would be.

Furthermore, if you haven't seen Following, I recommend you look for it (it can be found on Netflix). That film actually
Yeah, it was announced back when The Dark Knight Rises was released that Wally Pfister would no longer continue as Director of Photography and would instead pursue a career as a director. His directorial debut is Transcendence, to be released next year. This is old news and should have been expected. The more interesting announcement is who his replacement would be.

Furthermore, if you haven't seen Following, I recommend you look for it (it can be found on Netflix). That film actually had cinematography by Christopher Nolan, and while it is black & white, it demonstrates his skills with a camera separate from Wally Pfister.
6:15PM on 08/13/2013
You answered your own question. He's busy making Transcendence.
You answered your own question. He's busy making Transcendence.
6:29PM on 08/13/2013
The guy he chose as a replacement is great as well. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Let the Right One In had absolutely phenomenal cinematography. Some of the best in the business.
The guy he chose as a replacement is great as well. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Let the Right One In had absolutely phenomenal cinematography. Some of the best in the business.
4:26PM on 08/13/2013

+1 to Christopher Nolan directing a James Bond film

he directs a great action sequence and he has great plots. He'd be a great fit.
he directs a great action sequence and he has great plots. He'd be a great fit.
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6:28PM on 08/13/2013
-1 Sorry but his original ideas are way more exciting than another Bond movie
-1 Sorry but his original ideas are way more exciting than another Bond movie
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2:52PM on 08/13/2013
I cant wait for him to tackle a James Bond film... the snow chase scene from inception showed what he could do with the spy genre
I cant wait for him to tackle a James Bond film... the snow chase scene from inception showed what he could do with the spy genre
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2:46PM on 08/13/2013

Christopher Kubrick

Nolan is basically what you get when you cross Kubrick with Spielberg... so, as with any Nolan movie, I can't freaking wait for this.
Nolan is basically what you get when you cross Kubrick with Spielberg... so, as with any Nolan movie, I can't freaking wait for this.
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5:10PM on 08/13/2013
I thought A.I. was the result of Kubrick and Spielberg.
I thought A.I. was the result of Kubrick and Spielberg.
2:31PM on 08/13/2013

I named my son Nolan after him.

That is all.
That is all.
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1:43PM on 08/13/2013
Excited to see nolan's 2001,Startrek
Excited to see nolan's 2001,Startrek
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1:18PM on 08/13/2013
Extra tidbit: spy thriller, comedy and horror.
Extra tidbit: spy thriller, comedy and horror.
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12:57PM on 08/13/2013
So, they're... astronauts... on... some kind of star trek?
So, they're... astronauts... on... some kind of star trek?
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12:31PM on 08/13/2013
Nolan could direct a documentary about a box factory, and I'd still be there Day 1.
Nolan could direct a documentary about a box factory, and I'd still be there Day 1.
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12:18PM on 08/13/2013
Martial arts movie.
Martial arts movie.
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11:53AM on 08/13/2013

Shut up

and take my money.

and take my money.

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11:41AM on 08/13/2013
"The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage."

lol this sounds like Stargate...
"The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage."

lol this sounds like Stargate...
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11:41AM on 08/13/2013
Glad to see him doing more original films. I love each and every one his films, but personally I think the Dark Knight films are his weakest.

I would rather watch Memento, Prestige, and Inception more than any of the Dark Knight films.
Glad to see him doing more original films. I love each and every one his films, but personally I think the Dark Knight films are his weakest.

I would rather watch Memento, Prestige, and Inception more than any of the Dark Knight films.
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12:29PM on 08/13/2013
All I'm saying is Dark Knight Rises was a terrible way to end the trilogy. Massive plot holes.
All I'm saying is Dark Knight Rises was a terrible way to end the trilogy. Massive plot holes.
3:53PM on 08/13/2013
yes, because plot holes are what makes or breaks a movie... cheez, internet generation
yes, because plot holes are what makes or breaks a movie... cheez, internet generation
4:20PM on 08/13/2013
Actually, most of TDKR alleged plot holes are bullshit nit picks that have no merit and can be explained by simply paying more attention during the movie and applying a little abstract thought, and TDKR was fucking awesome, thank you very much.
Actually, most of TDKR alleged plot holes are bullshit nit picks that have no merit and can be explained by simply paying more attention during the movie and applying a little abstract thought, and TDKR was fucking awesome, thank you very much.
8:35PM on 08/13/2013
I'm sorry to see all the hate. I love all of his films, but I think Dark Knight Rises was by far his weakest film... But still, his worst film is still better than most directors best.
I'm sorry to see all the hate. I love all of his films, but I think Dark Knight Rises was by far his weakest film... But still, his worst film is still better than most directors best.
11:30AM on 08/14/2013
Agree with H-man totally.
Agree with H-man totally.
11:25AM on 08/13/2013

Extra tidbit

I'm almost curious what he'd do with a comedy. Something so out of the ordinary for a maker of sci fi epics. Would it be a timeless classic like Kubrick's 'Dr. Strangelove' or a classic mess like Spielberg's '1941.' I say embrace the challenge.
I'm almost curious what he'd do with a comedy. Something so out of the ordinary for a maker of sci fi epics. Would it be a timeless classic like Kubrick's 'Dr. Strangelove' or a classic mess like Spielberg's '1941.' I say embrace the challenge.
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11:17AM on 08/13/2013
It sounds like Nolan will be tackling his Space Odyssey - cannot wait!
It sounds like Nolan will be tackling his Space Odyssey - cannot wait!
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11:14AM on 08/13/2013

Can't wait

Nolan is my all time fav director. Ever since i went to a friends house to watch this strange new movie that had come out called Memento, i was hooked. Insomnia still stands as my fav movie by him and fav movie of all time second only to Session 9.
Nolan is my all time fav director. Ever since i went to a friends house to watch this strange new movie that had come out called Memento, i was hooked. Insomnia still stands as my fav movie by him and fav movie of all time second only to Session 9.
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