Director Christopher Nolan is a draw for any movie market. People will show up for a Nolan movie, no matter what it turns out to be. His follow up to The Dark Knight trilogy is his first return to the science fiction genre since 2010 with the new film Interstellar. The 43-year-old British director has only made one science fiction film previous, and for some, Inception is the very best Christopher Nolan can offer, so it will be intriguing to see if he can top it with Interstellar.
Deadline reports that principal photography on Nolan’s Interstellar has commenced in Alberta, Canada. While the visionary director has a tendency to keep his productions secretive, Paramount released the film’s official film synopsis, which sheds some light on what to expect in Interstellar. It sounds like Interstellar will feature intergalactic space exploration and possibly time travel.
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.
Early word suggested that Interstellar would be based on the writings of theoretical physicist/astrophysicist Kip Thorne, who is the science fiction film’s consultant and executive producer. His work mainly deals with black hole cosmology, gravitational waves, and theoretical time travel. The official plot synopsis seems to confirm these rumors. Christopher Nolan has a penchant for practical effects rather than CGI, so it will be interesting to see how the director will visualize the film’s cosmic scope.
Interstellar will also incorporate a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography. A few months ago, IMAX Entertainment announced that a significant portion of Interstellar will be shot using IMAX cameras. The only question remains is, how much is a “significant portion?” Since 2008, Nolan has been using IMAX cameras to shoot parts of his films. For The Dark Knight in 2008, Nolan shot up to 28 minutes of the movie’s 152-minute running time in the big format, while The Dark Knight Rises in 2012 had up to 72 minutes of the film’s 165 minutes shot using IMAX cameras. Scuttlebutt says that Nolan and his new director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Fighter) might shoot up to 90 minutes of Interstellar in IMAX. Now that would be impressive!
Interstellar features an all-star cast of actors and Christopher Nolan regulars including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine.
Christopher Nolan co-wrote the screenplay for Interstellar with his writing partner and brother, Jonathan Nolan, and he is producing it with his producing partner and wife, Emma Thomas. Lynda Obst will also produce the film, with Hans Zimmer composing the score. Christopher Nolan is (obviously) set to direct.
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar will hit theaters everywhere on November 7, 2014, in IMAX.