With his Batman trilogy complete, Christopher Nolan seems to have found his next project. He is in talks to direct and produce sci-fi movie Interstellar, which has been written by his brother and frequent collaborator Jonathan Nolan. Involving time travel, alternate dimensions and a group of explorers travelling through a wormhole, the story is based on scientific theories developed by Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist, gravitational physicist and astrophysicist at American university Caltech.
Steven Spielberg was previously down to direct Interstellar, but he has his own sci-fi movie planned, the awfully named Robopocalypse. Although that was put on “indefinite hold” recently, Spielberg subsequently told Entertainment Weekly it was because he felt it needed rewriting, a process he estimates will take six to eight months.
Set in the aftermath of a robot uprising, the film was expected to star Anne Hathaway and Chris Pine, but because of the delay, that casting may change.
- George Clooney is also heading to sci-fi. He is in talks to star in Disney’s 1952, to be directed by Pixar alumnus Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille). It’s described as having a story similar to Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind in that it’s about a man who makes contact with aliens on Earth. However, it is likely to be more complicated than that film as it’s been written by Lost’s Damon Lindelof. There was talk among sci-fi geeks that 1952 was actually a code name for the seventh Star Wars film, but that is being written by another Pixar star, Michael Arndt, who penned Toy Story 3 and Brave. He also worked on the forthcoming Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.
- Emmy-winning comedian Louis C.K. is joining the impressive cast of three-time Oscar nominee David O Russell’s next film. As yet untitled, the movie is about an FBI sting operation in the 1970s and 80s called Abscam, which led to the conviction of several US politicians and state officials. It will centre on con-artist Mel Weinberg (to be played by Christian Bale), who worked with investigators on the far-reaching corruption case that stretched from Atlantic City to Washington. C.K., who created and starred in sitcom Louie and had an ongoing role in Parks and Recreation, will play an FBI agent. Also in the cast are Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams. Russell previously directed Bale and Adams in The Fighter and both he and Cooper are up for Academy Awards this year for Silver Linings Playbook, as are Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver.