As is the case with any Christopher Nolan project, [Interstellar](movie:813746) is a production shrouded in mystery. In the nearly four months since the teaser trailer was released we've learned:
- It's a high-concept sci-fi revolving around theoretical physics.
- It stars a phenomenal cast including Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and My Cocaine.
- It releases November 2014.
- You will watch it.
And that would pretty much be it! Except we've learned one more thing: Nolan is getting eager to talk. In a recent CinemaCon interview with Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter Nolan expounded on his goals with the production as well as the tone and sense of wonder he wants to recapture in modern cinema:
"I grew up in an era that was a golden age of the blockbuster, when something we might call a family film could have universal appeal. That's something I want to see again. In terms of the tone of the film, it looks at where we are as a people and has a universality about human experience,"
The influence of Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey on a 12-year-old Nolan:
"I remember very clearly the feeling of magnitude and otherworldly experience. I had no idea what the film meant, but it didn't matter to me in the slightest."
His endorsement of shooting on film over digital:
"Film is the best way to capture an image and project that image. It just is, hands down. That's based on my assessment of what I'm seeing as a filmmaker. As far as innovation and experimentation, I'm in favor of any technological innovation, but it will always have to exceed what came before. None of the new technologies have done that."
His preference for practical sets; especially while shooting on the ENORMOUS SPACESHIP INTERIORS! (Finally, something concrete! ...or at least plaster and plywood.)
"I want to capture as much in camera as possible. It's a much higher quality than if you shoot on a green screen."
"It paid huge dividends for the actors in terms of performance. It allows cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema and myself to shoot like a documentary,"
On consulting with theoretical physicist Kip Thorne on the science of wormholes:
"Really it's about travel to other places you could not reach via travel through space because the time spans are far beyond anything you could even conceive of,"
I've always found Christopher Nolan to be a fascinating conundrum of a director. He constantly pushes the boundaries of the industry, and yet with his affinity for practical sets and shooting on film (Interstellar will mark the last time film studio Paramount sends film prints domestically for a new release.) he is a surprising traditionalist. Nolan is also a true auteur, but his films contain no lack of blockbuster spectacle. That's probably why I find him to be one of the most consistently surprising, satisfying and attention-worthy directors in the business, and coupled with his desire to recapture that Star Wars and 2001 sense of wonder, I cannot wait to see Interstellar.
Sources: THR, Badass Digest, IGN