James Bond is riding higher than ever after the unprecedented grosses and critical acclaim from last year's Skyfall. However, it seems that the next installment could see the famous MI6 agent get a director who's successfully re-envisioned a certain grizzled voice vigilante. According to UK's The Daily Mail, the one and only Christopher Nolan was approached to helm the Bond franchise's next shaken, not stirred sequel.
While the modern Bond films typically do not stick with one helmer, the success of Skyfall seemed to initially warrant the return of director, Sam Mendes. However, he was apparently forced to withdraw, due to commitments with theater productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear. -- That's where Nolan allegedly comes into the picture. While the report is far from confirmed, the claim is that Nolan, the visionary director behind The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception has been approached by the biggies behind the Bond franchise, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G .Wilson to occupy the director's chair which still sports Mendes' proverbial ass groove. -- And that is about the extent of the details.
Despite the confidence in its own intel, the report does raise some clear obstacles which may prevent Nolan from taking a project that is, even for a director of his stature, a huge opportunity: Namely his current project, Interstellar. Indeed, Nolan is working on another mind-bending writing/directorial effort which is said to be a space thriller which will explore themes reflected in the research of famous physicist, Kip Thorne. A top-level cast in Matthew McConauhey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine are locked in and the film, due at theaters November 2014, seems on the verge production soon enough. As a result, Nolan may not have the time to tackle a major, meticulous production like a Bond movie without the franchise experiencing another long lapse between films. Not only would MGM want to avoid squandering the momentum built by Skyfall, but current James Bond, Daniel Craig isn't getting any younger, either.
It will be interesting to see not only if this rumor has any legs, but if the scheduling could be worked out for Nolan to nab this dream gig and have it be released at a reasonable time period.
"Bond 24" could sport a Nolan-esque pulse-pounding suspenseful soundtrack to artificially amp-up even the most innocuous of scenes when it hits theaters at a date to be determined. (It's penciled in for 2016.)