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Jonah Nolan & J.J. Abrams Team For 'Westworld' Remake At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 4:36 PM
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It seems in the dark and frightening world of sci-fi franchise extensions and do-overs, they will all belong to J.J. Abrams. With feet planted both in "Star Trek" and "Star Wars," it looks like Abrams is putting his name to another vintage era movie, and this time bringing it to the small screen.

Christopher Nolan's Merging An Original Idea With Jonah Nolan's Old Screenplay For 'Interstellar'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2013 6:11 PM
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It looks like Christopher Nolan fans will still have plenty to talk to about in 2013 -- and it won't all be about the Oscar snub "The Dark Knight Rises" received. Last night came word that, awards season or not, Nolan was already putting together a new project, the sci-fi pic "Interstellar." The big talking point around the movie was that it was something Steven Spielberg was once kicking around, with a script by Jonah Nolan and a story developed by theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. But now, there's even more reason to be excited, as the director will be putting his own distinct stamp on the material.

Christopher Nolan To Direct Former Steven Spielberg Sci-Fi Project 'Interstellar'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 10:10 PM
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There is no director in Hollywood who keeps things closer to the chest than Christopher Nolan, but even we didn't expect the announcement of his next film so soon. It looks like now that he's done with the Batman movies, Nolan is cooking up something even more twisty and ambitious than "Inception."

Matt Damon Says He Asked Jonah Nolan To Try And Crack The Story For Another 'Bourne'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2012 12:16 PM
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Not to rehash every nitty gritty detail in the failed attempt at a fourth Jason Bourne movie starring Matt Damon, and a third directed by Paul Greengrass, but 'Bourne 4' seems to have had a lot of people try and fail to crack the story (maybe because it was more or less resolved with "The Bourne Ultimatum.") Back in the fall of 2009, it emerged that two people were writing scripts for the project, George Nolfi ("The Adjustment Bureau," 'Ultimatum') who was the preferred choice of Damon and Greengrass, and newcomers Josh Zetumer ("RoboCop") hired at the behest of Universal. You can read the long version of the story here, but the short version is that neither took off, the project collapsed: fast-forward three years and we got "The Bourne Legacy." But it seems Damon didn't give up.

The Playlist Interview: Christopher Nolan Talks The Writing Process, Batman As A Sociopath & Finding His Darth Vader [Part 2]

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 6, 2012 4:47 PM
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Christopher Nolan is a hard man to track down, but after some patience and persistence, we were lucky enough to sit down with the (to name just a few) "Memento," "Prestige" and "Inception" director at length to discuss "The Dark Knight Rises," his debut feature film "Following" and much more about his lauded Batman trilogy. You can read all that right here in part one of our talk, and continue with us as we dug deeper with Nolan into the mythology of his Batman films and his process for putting the pieces of his entire series together, all of which we've presented in a part two below.

Christopher Nolan Talks The Politics & Influences Of 'The Dark Knight Rises' & More From the Film's Press Tour

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 24, 2012 10:00 AM
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"The Dark Knight Rises" is finally in theaters, and has been inspiring furious debate all weekend and into this week. But what there's relatively little of, compared to most major blockbusters, is thoughts on the film, and its production, from the filmmakers and cast themselves. Christopher Nolan is relatively press-shy (he doesn't do online press at all, outside press conferences), and compared to the onslaught of interviews that most tentpoles unleash, "The Dark Knight Rises" knew it was a sure thing, and didn't feel the need to chuck out the same sound bites endlessly.

'The Dark Knight Rises' Won't Reference The Joker At All, Plus More Revelations From Empire's Extensive Feature

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 5, 2012 11:25 AM
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We're now getting into the final stretch before "The Dark Knight Rises," probably the most anticipated film of a year that's had plenty of hotly anticipated pictures. After a main trailer a month or so back, we got another sneak peek of footage at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, as well as a steady drip of posters and images that have managed to tease without giving away the whole shop.

So, The Other Villain In 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is Probably Exactly Who You Thought It Would Be

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 10:40 AM
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Once again folks -- there will be spoilers within, so stop reading if you don't want to know. You've been warned.

WB Eyeing 'The Dark Knight Rises' Scribe Jonah Nolan & 'Green Lantern' Writer Michael Green To Rewrite 'Akira'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 9, 2012 9:01 AM
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It was mere days ago when Warner Bros. shut down the production offices on "Akira," citing a need to retool the entire project. The order was for a "high-end" re-write, and the WB is looking no further than their superhero stable. While no one has yet received the offer to re-do the work of Steve Kloves and David James Kelly, Variety suggests the two most likely candidates are Jonah Nolan and Michael Green.

Kurt Johnstad Reportedly Doing Rewrites On Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 3:48 AM
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Jonah Nolan Also Said To Have Taken A Pass At David Goyer's ScriptWarner Bros. -- for legal reasons that are both too byzantine and boring to recount here -- are on a ticking clock regarding "Man Of Steel," as the rights on Superman will expire after next year and revert back to the heirs of the comic creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster making it far more complicated (and expensive) down the road to get a Superman movie made. Among the potential scenarios is that the rights to the iconic costume and the rights to Superman's ability to fly will possibly be split between creators and DC Comics creating a ridiculous scenario in which several parties will have to sign off in order to get the Clark Kent we know and love into a movie at all. So even as development began in 2008 on a new Superman, the studio likely knew it was their last big shot at the franchise before the property became entangled in a mesh of rights issues, so perhaps we can't be too surprised that as sets are being built, and filming is set to get underway very soon, the script is still being honed.

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