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.