Christopher Nolan to Direct Next Bond Film? Perhaps
It would appear that my insomnia can be quite useful, at least today. Regular FNN fans probably realize the extent of which I like to cover stories about Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy), something I’m both proud and to be honest, slight ashamed of. Anybody that knows me probably realizes how much I like the man’s work but it’s quite another to put my adoration into print seemingly every week. Anyways, I’m getting sidetracked because this story isn’t about my love for Nolan, it’s about the fact that he’s reportedly been offered the job to direct the next Bond film. Yes that’s right, one of the most prestigious franchises in the history of film is being offered to the guy that just wrapped an innovative take on another pretty prestigious franchise.
While on the surface this is tremendous news (especially for fellow Nolanites – I guess that’s what we call ourselves? I don’t know, I must’ve missed the meeting), I’m also really not sure about it. I have no doubt that he has the ability to craft a brilliant film if given the time but the fact that he’s just about to start production on his new sci-fi film, Interstellar, I’m not sure he would even have the time he’d need since he’d basically have to start Bond immediately after. Like the linked article states, that could very well end up being the reason he turns the gig down. That then makes me curious to know if the producers would be willing to let the film sit on the backburner a bit in order to land Nolan given the fairly lengthy hiatus (due to MGM‘s financial woes) between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.
My biggest concern, though, is the fact that I’m just not sure if Sam Mendes (American Beauty) didn’t just make a Christopher Nolan Bond film with Skyfall. Mendes did cop to using The Dark Knight has a major influence on the film so I’m not completely off base but when I saw Skyfall, I couldn’t help but think that Nolan would’ve crafted a very similar film. Perhaps I was just mesmerized by Roger Deakins‘ (No Country for Old Men) cinematography (it’s still a shame the man has not won an Oscar) because his use of washed-out colors is very similar to that of Wally Pfister’s (The Dark Knight trilogy) work in Nolan’s films, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I was already getting my wish of seeing Nolan make a Bond film.
Whatever the case, I’m incredibly interested to see if these talks go beyond anything more than the preliminary stages because it would be quite the coup for the producers. We here at iGR will keep you posted when more information becomes available. In the mean, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr and the site itself @igresponsibly.