2014 was a great year for movies, giving us classics such as: Guardians of The Galaxy, Gone Girl, The Lego Movie and of course, the movie in question here, Interstellar. The fantastic sci-fi had a stellar cast, starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Matt Damon. It was directed by the legendary Christopher Nolan and it had a beautiful score composed by the amazing Hans Zimmer.
Spoilers for Interstellar to follow
If you've seen the movie, you'll probably know that the ending was pretty open-ended. In classic Christopher Nolan fashion, the film left us as stranded as Anne Hathaway's character at the end of the movie. Of course we know that Ameilia Brand (Anne Hathaway) had her purpose on the new planet, she was going to single-handedly re-colonize this ''new Earth'' through the method of test-tube babies and possibly her going into a cryo-sleep. If you're like me, then you've been racking your brain around this ending since 2014, wondering where the hell the movie went from here. We're going to take a look at where an Interstellar sequel could go and if they should do it- but first, remind yourself of the ending with the scene below!
(skip to 2.20 for Anne Hathaway's finale)
Sequel Idea 1 - Re-Colonization
The most likely and most satisfying sequel idea to Interstellar would be a direct follow up from the first movie where we follow the events right after Interstellar. This movie would follow Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) in search of Professor Brand (Anne Hathaway) as she's stuck on the "new Earth". This could be a fantastic adventure movie that puts McConaughey and Hathaway in brilliant roles, showcasing loneliness, strandedness and the will to carry on.
This film could work really well if Cooper found Brand halfway through the film and the rest of the movie would be their struggles together. Maybe they realize that this "new Earth" isn't in-fact habitable and it's actually a dangerous and hostile planet and they need to get out of there. Then we could see Cooper and Brand's struggle to try and return to the safe haven ship that Murph (Cooper's daughter) set up, Cooper Station.
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Sequel Idea 2 - On Board Cooper Station
One of the coolest and most bizarre aspects of Interstellar is the high-tech, beautifully designed, habitable spaceship Cooper Station. This revolutionary home floating through space was created by Coopers daughter, Murph, in an attempt to save humans from extinction.
As cool as this ship is, it has tons of potential to go wrong. The whole ship is based on every single inhabitant behaving themselves and causing no crimes, which seems a little too perfect and utopian. I'd like to see a movie where we're greeted with Cooper Station in it's Truman Show-like perfection until something goes wrong, red lights start to flash and sirens ring. It could make a fantastic sci-fi thriller and it would be able to stand on it's own two feet up against Interstellar. You wouldn't necessarily need Matthew McConaughey or Anne Hathaway, but it wouldn't be impossible for them to turn up. Think of this movie as the last third of Wall-E meets the last third of 2001: A Space Odyssey meets The Truman Show.
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Sequel Idea 3 - Dr. Mann's Story
One of the most interesting aspects of Interstellar is the introduction of Dr. Mann, an explorer who was part of the Lazarus Mission and was presumed dead. He was an intriguing and flawed character that proved to be a villain ultimately. I feel like his story was very human and one that could be explored in a totally separate movie because as a viewer watching Interstellar, it's easy to pin him as the bad guy.
If Dr. Mann was to get his own movie, I'd love to see his life in three stages: Stage 1. Just before the Lazarus Missions, showcasing him as a nice, noble man. Stage 2. Where we see him settling in on the planet and setting up camp (could be similar to The Martian) and Stage 3. Where it all goes wrong and he suddenly realizes his planet is unhabitable - which brings us right up to Interstellar following his cryo-sleep. It could be a hard film to sell because viewers know what he tried to do in Interstellar and it could turn people off this movie, but I think if the trailers done right, it could be an easy sell.
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Should There Even Be a Sequel?
The idea of sequels in Christopher Nolan's movies sparks a lot of debate. The only sequels he's done in his career are The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. All his other movies have fans constantly proclaiming "Don't do a sequel", for the likes of Inception, Memento and in this case, Interstellar. His open-ending begs the question, do we need a sequel? My answer is no. I loved the movie perfectly the way it is, it's one of my all time favorites and the thought of a bad sequel makes me squirm (especially if Nolan doesn't even direct it). But we live in a time in movies where money is everything and we have a saturated market for sequels, reboots and remakes (even Memento is getting a remake).
My point simply is, if we must get an Interstellar sequel, I would at least hope it would be one of these 3 ideas or one just as interesting.
Let me know what Interstellar sequel ideas you have in the comments!