|Directed by||Christopher Nolan|
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Cinematography||Hoyte van Hoytema|
|Edited by||Lee Smith|
Interstellar is an upcoming science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine, the film features a team of space travelers who travel through a wormhole. It was written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, who combined his idea with an existing script by his brother that was developed in 2007 for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. Nolan is producing the film with Obst and Emma Thomas.
Warner Bros., who produced and distributed Nolan's previous films, negotiated with Paramount, traditionally a rival studio, to have a financial stake in Interstellar. Legendary Pictures, which formerly partnered with Warner Bros., also sought a stake. The three companies co-financed the film, and the production companies Syncopy and Lynda Obst Productions were enlisted. The director also hired cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema since his long-time collaborator Wally Pfister was busy working on Transcendence, his directorial debut. Interstellar is being filmed with a combination of anamorphic 35mm and IMAX film photography. Filming took place in the last quarter of 2013 in locations in the province of Alberta, Canada, in southern Iceland, and in Los Angeles, California.
Interstellar is scheduled to be released in theaters in November 2014. It will be released in Belgium, France, and Switzerland on November 5, 2014 and be released in additional territories in the following days, including the United Kingdom on November 6, 2014 and North America (United States and Canada) on November 7, 2014. Paramount will distribute the film in North America, and Warner Bros. will distribute the film in remaining territories.
When a wormhole (which theoretically can connect widely-separated regions of spacetime) is discovered, explorers and scientists unite to embark on a voyage through it, transcending the limits of human space travel. Among the travelers is a widowed engineer (McConaughey) who has to decide to leave behind his two children to join the voyage with the goal of saving humanity.
- Matthew McConaughey as Cooper
- Anne Hathaway
- Jessica Chastain
- Bill Irwin
- Ellen Burstyn
- Michael Caine
- Casey Affleck
- Topher Grace
- John Lithgow
- David Gyasi
- Wes Bentley
- Mackenzie Foy
- Timothée Chalamet
- David Oyelowo
- Matt Damon
- Elyes Gabel
- Leah Cairns
- William Devane
- Collette Wolfe
In April 2013, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway were cast in the film's starring roles. Director Christopher Nolan said he became interested in casting McConaughey after seeing him in an early cut of the 2012 film Mud. He called McConaughey's character an everyman with whom "the audience could experience the story".
Other well-known actors eventually joined what would become "an all-star cast". Actor Irrfan Khan said he declined a role since he wanted to be in India for the releases of The Lunchbox and D-Day. Actor Matt Damon was cast in late August 2013 in a small role and filmed his scenes in Iceland.
- Christopher Nolan – director, producer, writer
- Jonathan Nolan – writer
- Emma Thomas – producer
- Lynda Obst – producer
- Hoyte van Hoytema – cinematographer
- Nathan Crowley – production designer
- Mary Zophres – costume designer
- Lee Smith – editor
- Hans Zimmer – composer
- Paul Franklin – visual effects supervisor
- Kip Thorne – consultant, executive producer
Development and financing
The premise for Interstellar was conceived by film producer Lynda Obst and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who were long-time friends. Based on Thorne's work, the two conceived a scenario about "the most exotic events in the universe suddenly becoming accessible to humans" that would attract filmmaker Steven Spielberg's interest in directing. The film began development in June 2006 when Spielberg and Paramount Pictures announced plans for a science fiction film based on Thorne's treatment. Obst was attached to produce the film, which Variety said would "take several years to come together" before Spielberg directed it. By March 2007, Jonathan Nolan was hired to write a screenplay for Interstellar. To learn the science, Nolan studied relativity at the California Institute of Technology over the course of four years while writing the script. Later in 2007, Thorne told The Australian that the film was "based on warped space-time". Thorne also said people wanted him to be cast as himself in the film.
The film remained in development for several years. In January 2013, Christopher Nolan entered negotiations with Paramount and Warner Bros. to direct Interstellar. Nolan said he wanted to encourage again the goal of human spaceflight. He intended to write a screenplay based on his own idea that he would merge with his brother's screenplay. He cited the films 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, and Blade Runner as influences on Interstellar. By the following March, Nolan was confirmed to direct Interstellar, which would be produced under his label Syncopy and Lynda Obst Productions.
Though Paramount and Warner Bros. are traditionally rival studios, Warner Bros., who released Nolan's Batman films and works with Nolan's Syncopy, sought a stake in Nolan's production of Interstellar for Paramount. Warner Bros. agreed to give Paramount its rights to co-finance the next film in the Friday the 13th horror franchise and to have a stake in a future film based on the TV series South Park. Warner Bros. also agreed to let Paramount co-finance "a to-be-determined A-list Warners property". In August 2013, sources reported that Legendary Pictures finalized an agreement with Warner Bros. to finance approximately 25 percent of the film's production. Although it failed to renew its eight-year production partnership with Warner Bros., Legendary reportedly agreed to forego financing for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in exchange for the stake in Interstellar.
Nolan filmed Interstellar with anamorphic 35mm and IMAX film photography. IMAX cameras were used for Interstellar more than any of Nolan's previous films. The director had practical locations built to minimize the use of computer-generated imagery, such as the interior of a space shuttle. Some sequences of the film were shot with an IMAX camera installed in the nose cone of a Learjet. Nolan, known to keep details of his productions secret, strove to ensure secrecy for Interstellar. The Wall Street Journal reported, "The famously secretive filmmaker has gone to extreme lengths to guard the script to ... Interstellar, just as he did with the blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy." As one security measure, Interstellar was filmed under the name Flora's Letter. For the film's production, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema was hired for Interstellar. Wally Pfister had been the cinematographer on all of Nolan's past films but was not available for Interstellar due to working on his directorial debut Transcendence.
The film's principal photography was scheduled to last for four months. It began on August 6, 2013 in the province of Alberta, Canada. Towns in Alberta where filming took place included Nanton, Longview, Lethbridge, and Okotoks. Mathew McConaughey filmed scenes in Fort Macleod. In Okotoks, filming took place at the Seaman Stadium and the Olde Town Plaza. Filming in the province lasted till September 9, 2013 and involved hundreds of extras as well as approximately 130 crew members, most of them local. Filming also took place in Iceland, where Nolan had previously filmed scenes for his 2005 film Batman Begins. In Iceland, a two-week shoot was scheduled. A crew of approximately 350 people, including 130 locals, worked on the shoot in Iceland. Locations included the Svínafellsjökull glacier and the town of Klaustur. After the crew finished filming in Iceland, it moved to Los Angeles, California to film for 54 days. Filming in the state was relatively unusual since California's tax credit was not available for films with a budget greater than $75 million. Filming locations include the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, the Los Angeles Convention Center, a Sony Pictures soundstage in Culver City, and a private residence in Altadena. Filming concluded in December 2013, and Nolan started editing the film for its release in 2014.
Composer Hans Zimmer, who scored Nolan's Batman film trilogy, is scoring Interstellar. Zimmer and Nolan plan to move away from the trilogy's scores and to come up with a unique one. Zimmer said, "The textures, the music, and the sounds, and the thing we sort of created has sort of seeped into other people's movies a bit, so it's time to reinvent. The endless string [ostinatos] need to go by the wayside, the big drums are probably in the bin." Zimmer also said that Nolan did not provide him a script or any plot details for writing music for the film and instead gave the composer "one page of text" that "had more to do with [Zimmer's] story than the plot of the movie".
The teaser trailer for Interstellar debuted on December 14, 2013 and featured clips related to space exploration, accommodated by a voiceover by Matthew McConaughey as his character. The theatrical trailer debuted on May 5, 2014 at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. It was made available online later in the month, and for the week ending May 19, it had the most viewings for a trailer with over 19.5 million views on YouTube. The studio will also release Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space, a book by Mark Cotta Vaz about the making of the film, on November 11, 2014.
Director Christopher Nolan and actor Matthew McConaughey made first-time appearances at Comic-Con in July 2014 to promote Interstellar. The Hollywood Reporter said prior to Nolan's appearance, the director had "not spoken about his new movie at all" to keep details secret. The pair participated in a brief discussion and screened a third trailer of the film. Following the convention, the studio posted the third trailer online and also launched a complex interactive website. The Hollywood Reporter said the website was "both cryptic and, just maybe, filled with hidden meaning". It reported that online users uncovered a star chart related to the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Interstellar is scheduled to be released in theaters in November 2014. It will be released in Belgium, France, and Switzerland on November 5, 2014 and will be released in additional territories in the following days, including the United Kingdom on November 6, 2014 and North America (United States and Canada) on November 7, 2014. Paramount Pictures will distribute the film in North America, and Warner Bros. will distribute it in the remaining territories. Though Paramount stated in January 2014 that it would stop releasing films on film stock and instead distribute in digital format, it also stated it would make exceptions for certain films including Interstellar, which will be released in both formats. Interstellar will be projected on IMAX film in approximately 50 of the over 800 IMAX theaters around the world.
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