The stars are officially in line for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Paramount and Warner Bros. will be splitting the difference, the former taking domestic distribution and Warner, who’s had a hand in all of his projects from Insomnia on, has international duties covered. An IMAX release is already confirmed. Most definitively, however, a release date is already set: November 7, 2014.
Warner’s delay of The Hobbit: There and Back Again from July 18 to December 17, 2014 had raised speculation that, given Warner’s involvement in the project, Interstellar might be taking that place. Instead, as Paramount head Brad Grey puts it, “November is the perfect way to start the Thanksgiving and holiday movie season for audiences around the world.” Indeed, the film will have a jump on other holiday heavyweights like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, There and Back Again and Tomorrowland.
However, if the impending 24th James Bond film materializes with a director (after Sam Mendes bowed out earlier this week), will Nolan’s ambitious vision get piled? Probably not: the box office receipts for the Dark Knight trilogy and Inception have proven Nolan is a rare combination of auteur integrity and box-office success. He’s too important or fascinating to be ignored or forgotten, and Interstellar will likely follow through on the promise.
He’ll be polishing his brother Jonathan’s script and directing this tale of “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.” Alternate dimensions, time travel and Hans Zimmer music are all possibly at stake.