Christopher Nolan Directing Howard Hughes Biopic

The director is looking to make this his next movie after ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, with a 2014 release date targeted.

Christopher Nolan may direct a Howard Hughes biopic after The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan may direct a Howard Hughes biopic after The Dark Knight Rises
As director Christopher Nolan prepares to shoot The Dark Knight Rises this spring, new details have emerged that he wants to direct a biopic on Howard Hughes soon after he wraps the final chapter of his Batman trilogy.

Christopher Nolan originally scrapped his plans for this biopic after Martin Scorsese beat him to the punch with the 2004 movie The Aviator. While The Aviator was based off the biography Howard Hughes: The Secret Life, written by Charles Higham, Christopher Nolan's project will be based off a different book titled Citizen Hughes: The Power, The Money and the Madness by Michael Drosnin.

This book delves into Howard Hughes' later years, including his obsessive-compulsive disorder issues and his life as a recluse. The book is based on thousands Howard Hughes's own hand-written memos, which were leaked after his office was burglarized in 1975.

The current plan is for Christopher Nolan to shoot this untitled biopic in late 2012, with it to be released in 2014. This will be 10 years after The Aviator's release. It isn't clear if Christopher Nolan is adapting the screenplay himself. The project isn't set up at a studio yet, although, if everything comes together, it is likely that the movie will be set up at Warner Bros.

Sources: Vulture

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  1. bud2fresh

    I'm sure it will be good but personally i'll rent it because i could careless about Howard Hughes and his blah blah blah problems.

    4 years agoby @bud2freshFlag

  2. Daveactor7

    @Bawn same
    @narrator hopefully I'll have a review on the aviator up soon

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Hey I'm set, i just hope it gets Nolan's oscar nomination he deserves :/

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. skywise

    the way of the future the way of the future the way of the future the way of the future....

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. RojoDiablo

    Not sure another Hughes movie is needed when Nolan can be doing other work.

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  6. Josh

    Ah, I see. The name lights up at the bottom of the post when you hover on the user. Thanks @dan1

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  7. Dan

    @shuabert use @narrator.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  8. Josh

    Hey, why didn't my @The_Narrator tag work? Is there a trick to making them function?

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  9. Brian Gallagher

    @shuabert I agree about the concept vs. character argument, but perhaps this is why he wants to take this on, to hone his skills in character development. It still isn't known yet if he is writing this himself, or if his brother is writing it, or whoever. Still, this could be an awesome movie because it focuses on Hughes' crazy side, which The Aviator really didn't. I am very excite!:)

    @dan1 Deal with it:)

    @skywise No worries sir:)

    4 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  10. Josh

    I don't see him topping The Aviator, especially because as @The_Narrator mentioned, Nolan's strength is concept, not character. Still, it will be interesting to see him attempting something this conventional. I agree it will feel like a very different film. Scorsese and Nolan couldn't have more different styles.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  11. Dan

    We have one too many admins named Brian :P

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. skywise

    ooOooOoh i see my appologies @brian i was looking forward to being schooled and thank you for the clarification @gallagher

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. Brian Gallagher

    @narrator No problem sir.

    4 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  14. Brian Gallagher

    @skywise He meant that you linked to the wrong Brian, and you should have linked to me, @gallagher :)

    4 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  15. skywise

    @brian please enlighten us.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  16. Brian

    Wrong @brian, @skywise

    4 years agoby @brianFlag

  17. the Narrator

    Ahhh. Tehre it is. Thanks @gallagher, I appreciate it.

    The main problem with this is that Nolan, as we discussed before, puts concepts before character. Idea before actual story, setting before place. I feel like this goes against everything we've seen from him these past few years, save The Following and Insomnia, and even then they were idea driven. I mean... this just feels off to me, but if it were true, I wouldn't mind too much. I guess I'm just the only Nolan fan here who doesn't trust his every decision because, "In Nolan I trust." Without a question or two, that is. :P

    Secondly, The Aviator was fantastically well done in every way, from art direction, to acting, cinematography and concept. As me and my pops are close, and he admired Hughes and that era, I couldn't help but marvel at the young man and film as a whole.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  18. skywise

    @brian the Aviator was long winded no doubt but damn Mr. Scorsese knows how to get some fine performances... does Nolan.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  19. Brian Gallagher

    @daveactor7 I wasn't the biggest fan of The Aviator either. Way too long-winded. I am also curious about a Hughes film about his crazy years:)

    4 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  20. Brian Gallagher

    @narrator If you look at the bottom, the article is attributed to a Vulture article -

    4 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  21. skywise

    @TheNarrator That is exactly what i was thinking. So many rumors flying around these days, hard to say whats real and what is not. This is not something so far fetched John Cena playing superman ya know? This feels more real to me is all.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  22. the Narrator

    Well the thing that shocks me most is how long he plans to film. If pre-pro starts in 201, and post-pro ends in 2014, that's a huge gap for filming and production. Just me thinking out loud here. Either way, the project sounds cool.

    Also, I love how there is absolutely NO CITING in this article, so this really holds no sway with me any more, nor should it with you. For all I know Nolans next film could be a fantasy film. Till I hear it from him, I'll take it with a grain of salt.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  23. skywise

    Hmmmm i just dont know what to think about this.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  24. K-Man

    I'm not liking this at all. Just the other day I was wondering what crazy, amazing film Nolan was going to do after TDKR, the last thing i expected was a rehash of a film that swept the academy awards only a couple years ago.....aka, it's been done, no need to go there. I'm not saying that it wouldn't be good because I'm sure it would be but this seems like such a waste.
    Look, I read the article, so I'm aware that it would focus on certain parts of Hughs's life that Scorsese may have only touched on, but the fact is that Scorsese DID cover it.
    Nolan is in his prime right now and he has such a great track record thus far that I would hate to see him spend all that effort on a film we've already seen. I would really like to see him tackle another sci-fi epic, perhaps something involving space, aliens, other planets, etc.
    Either way, Nolan should do something more "fun" than this, in my opinion.

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  25. T.Clark

    I'll see anything Nolan does, and maybe he'll finally get recognized by the Academy since he's doing non-fiction, but I hope he churns out more original stuff like Inception.

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  26. slysnide

    Yeah, I'd like to see a film about Hughes' crazy years.

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  27. the Narrator

    @dave, you didn't like The Aviator? Dude, write a review, I'd love to understand why. Lol.

    Also, this is crazy surprising. Nolan doing his 4th adaption (first was BB, then The Prestige, and then TDK). I wonder when his next self written project will come out. Either way, can't wait for this (Glad that it differentiates itself from Scorcese's Aviator).

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  28. mosorwvlad

    A mad man in a plane what can go wrong ? Loved The Aviator can't wait for this one.

    4 years agoby @mosorwvladFlag

  29. ed_wood

    I'll watch anything that Nolan does, I just hope it isn't this.

    4 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  30. Dan

    #Merchandise lol, bit of an extreme comment there. I doubt he's "throwing away his career" with this move. If anything, it just paints a more complete picture of a very complex man. You might even be able to watch both films back to back and use that as Hughes' entire life story. I'm all for this project, not just because Nolan is behind it, but because I find Howard Hughes to be an interesting pioneer of many things.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

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