Spielberg to Direct SF Thriller

Posted on March 23, 2007

Sci Fi reports that Jonathan Nolan, the brother of Batman director Christohper Nolan, has been signed to write Interstellar, a film about explorers who go through a wormhole into another dimension. The film will be directed by Steven Spielberg.

The plot was informed by a scientific theory by Kip S. Thorne, a Caltech physicist and expert on relativity. His theory that wormholes exist and can be used for time travel intrigued Spielberg, who attended a Caltech workshop on the subject with Thorne and other scientists.

The film will not be going into production anytime soon, however. Spielberg already has the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise beginning in June, and is expected to follow with a film about Abraham Lincoln. Nolan, who wrote the scripts for his brother's films Memento and The Prestige, also has a few films lined up ahead of Interstellar, including the next Batman film, The Dark Knight.

This sounds like a great project. We have to wonder why Spielberg is doing a project about Abraham Lincoln first. Is it because of that recent serious biography that caused all the controversy by reprinting letters from Lincoln to a male friend that had seriously gay overtones? Or is it just a straight-forward Lincoln kind of project? It seems an odd choice.

But back to Christopher Nolan: we love his writing. Both Memento and The Prestige were excellent films with great scripts.

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