Christopher Nolan Rumored to Direct Next James Bond Movie

By May 17, 2013
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For the record, I’m a huge fan of writer/director Christopher Nolan. Even though I didn’t love The Dark Knight Rises, this guy is one of my favorite working filmmakers right now. Talks of him directing a James Bond movie have been around for years, but until now, he’s taken the Steven Spielberg approach, shying away from the actual franchise and bringing elements of Bond into other movies he’s directed. (Check out that snow chase sequence in Inception for Exhibit A.)

A British tabloid called The Daily Mail is reporting that Nolan has been approached to direct the next film in the James Bond saga, and that early talks are taking place between Nolan, his agents, and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Normally I’d discount any information coming from British tabloids since that’s where you’d find rumors about how Eddie Murphy was playing The Riddler and Shia LaBeouf was playing Robin in TDKR, but The Playlist points out that the reporter, Baz Bamigboye, scooped many of the Skyfall casting bits before the major trades did. If they trust this news, I’ll trust it too.

Bamigboye’s source points out that schedules might not align perfectly for Nolan and the still-untitled Bond 24, considering that Sam Mendes decided not to return for a sequel because the producers wanted a quick turnaround to which he wasn’t ready to commit. And I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Nolan is a pretty busy dude these days, what with Man of Steel coming out this summer and Interstellar – his new sci-fi flick starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine – prepping to shoot for a 2014 release.

But the Dark Knight director has expressed interest in helming a Bond film in the past, so maybe this meeting is just a setup for the next next film down the line, setting the stage for a Christopher Nolan-directed Bond 25. But seeing as how he’s already incorporated a lot of the Bond imagery into his own films, which subsequently influenced Mendes’ direction on Skyfall, do you even WANT to see a Bond movie directed by Nolan at this point? I’m torn: of course it would be cool, slick, dark, and everything we’ve come to expect from the director by now, but since I can practically already see it in my head, I feel like he should leave this franchise to other people and continue to do his own thing. But what do you think? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

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