Nolan at the Paley Center for Media in 2012
|Born||1976 (age 39–40)
London, England, United Kingdom
|Other names||Jonah Nolan|
|Alma mater||Georgetown University|
|Occupation||Writer, producer, director|
|Relatives||Christopher Nolan (brother)
Emma Thomas (sister-in-law)
John Nolan (uncle)
Kim Hartman (aunt)
Jonathan "Jonah" Nolan (born 1976) is a British-American screenwriter, television producer, director and author. He is the creator of the crime drama series Person of Interest. He has co-written several screenplays with his elder brother, filmmaker Christopher Nolan, including The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar, and his short story "Memento Mori" was the basis for Memento.
Nolan's short story "Memento Mori" was used by his elder brother, director Christopher Nolan, as the basis for the critically acclaimed film Memento. Although Jonathan received a "based on a story by" credit, not a screenwriting credit, the brothers shared a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as the film was released before the story was published.
In 2005, Jonathan and Christopher co-wrote the screenplay for The Prestige, which is based on Christopher Priest's novel of the same title. The brothers collaborated yet again on the screenplay for the 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight. The film went on to become the most financially successful Batman movie of all time, which has since been surpassed by its sequel, The Dark Knight Rises.
On 10 February 2011, CBS picked up Nolan's pilot Person of Interest. The show was officially picked up by CBS on 13 May 2011 to air in fall 2011. The series ran for five seasons and starred Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. Nolan also served as executive producer along with J.J. Abrams.
Nolan wrote the screenplay for Interstellar, a science-fiction feature based on the works of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who served as the film's executive producer. Christopher Nolan co-wrote, directed and produced the film, with Paramount distributing domestically, while Warner Bros. distributed internationally.
Nolan directed the pilot of the science fiction thriller, Westworld for HBO, co-written with Lisa Joy, based on the 1973 film of the same name, which has been picked up to series. Nolan will serve as executive producer along with Joy, J. J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk.
Jonathan found that having an English accent was very unpopular after moving to Chicago, so he learned to "sound like a good Chicago kid."
When contemplating the artistic differences between him and his brother, Nolan remarked: "I've always suspected that it has something to do with the fact that he's left-handed and I'm right-handed, because he is somehow able to look at my ideas and flip them around in a way that's just a bit more twisted and interesting. It's great to be able to work with him that way."
- The Prestige (2006) – co-screenplay
- The Dark Knight (2008) – co-screenplay
- Terminator Salvation (2009) - uncredited rewrites
- The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – co-screenplay
- Interstellar (2014) – co-writer
- Person of Interest (2011–2016) – creator and executive producer
- "Pilot" (airdate: 22 Sep 2011) – writer
- "Ghosts" (airdate: 29 Sep 2011) – co-writer
- "Many Happy Returns" (airdate: 3 May 2012) – co-storywriter
- "Firewall" (airdate: 17 May 2012) – co-writer
- "The Contingency" (airdate: 27 Sep 2012) – co-writer
- "Relevance" (airdate: 21 Feb 2013) – co-writer and director
- "God Mode" (airdate: 9 May 2013) – co-writer
- "The Devil's Share" (airdate: 26 Nov 2013) – co-writer
- "return 0" (airdate: 21 Jun 2016) – co-writer
- Westworld (upcoming series) - director, co-writer, and executive producer
- Foundation (HBO series in development) – writer, producer
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