As expected, Christopher Nolan is not making an immediate return to Gotham City. The DGA Award nominated director for “The Dark Knight,” the second highest domestic grossing picture of all time, is instead venturing into a new realm; Sci-Fi.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to “Inception” an original screenplay by Nolan that will also serve as his next directing effort. Obviously looking to keep Nolan in the studio fold after he shot “The Prestige” for Walt Disney Studios during his previous Batman break, the filmmaker reportedly received a seven figure deal on the script alone.
Warner’s describes the project as a “contemporary Sci-Fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind.”
Nolan will produce with his wife and longtime producing partner Emma Thomas.
Rumors have been swirling for months that Nolan has privately signed off on a third Batman film, but publicly the director hasn’t committed to the project. WIth “The Dark Knight” raking in almost $1 billion worldwide its clear the ball (and asking price) is in Nolan’s court.
Nolan’s latest project is expected to begin production this summer for release in summer 2010.
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