Christopher Nolan is in talks with studios to helm "Interstellar" as his follow-up to "The Dark Knight Rises."
The film would reunite him with brother Jonathan, who wrote the film's script a couple of years ago. Since then, the project has been set up at Paramount and awaiting a director. Sources indicate that negotiations between the studio and Nolan have been "underway for months" and have been "described as very complex."
If Nolan lands the gig, he'll direct and produce alongside Paramount and Warner Brothers, as the latter houses his Syncopy production banner. "Interstellar" would return the director to the sci-fi genre, where he already made quite a mark with "Inception" a few years ago.
Whereas that film dealt in dreams and the subconscious, "Interstellar" tackles time-travel . The script, which is "based on scientific theories developed by Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist, gravitational physicist and astrophysicist," is centered on a group of explorers who travel through a wormhole.
While the film offers some obvious familiarity to Nolan due to his brother's involvement, it also contains elements that appeal to the director, such as a "complex and multi-layered story."
Nolan isn't the only prominent name in the mix for the film, as Steven Spielberg has also pursued it. The indefinite delay of his next film, "Robopocalypse," briefly set off speculation that he might move over to "Interstellar," but it looks as though Nolan has beaten him to the punch.
With the film in pre-production infancy, it's difficult to say when the film will arrive in theaters; however, given Nolan's previous working schedule, it seems likely that he could have it prepared for a 2015 release, where it would join an already crowded field of genre films.
Whenever it debuts, "Interstellar" is sure to be one of the year's most anticipated films, as the Nolan brothers have collaborated on some of the most popular films in recent memory in "Memento" and "The Dark Knight."