When Christopher Nolan announced his new film would return to the science fiction genre, many of his fans were happy to see Nolan tackle something that wasn’t comic-book related. His new film is called Interstellar, and while there isn’t much known about the project yet, the film is said to “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the mind-bending director — also joined by director Edgar Wright — reflected on the work of Stanley Kubrick and how it has influenced his movies. Here’s Nolan on his admiration for 2001: A Space Odyssey and other science fiction classics:
I think anytime you look at science fiction in movies, there are key touchstones. Metropolis. Blade Runner. 2001. Whenever you’re talking about getting off the planet, 2001 is somewhat unavoidable. But there is only one 2001. So you don’t want to get too near to that.
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar will be “getting off the planet,” so will 2001: A Space Odyssey be a direct influence on Nolan’s newest film? Nolan’s work has been historically ambitious, so perhaps the “Kubrickian” label might be apt for Interstellar.