Seeing as how Interstellar is a Christopher Nolan project, and is locked into a November 7, 2014 release date, you can look forward to about another year and a half of vague semi-updates, in which we desperately try to parse meaning from the tiny, tiny crumbs of hints that the hyper-secretive Nolan allows to dribble from the project. Today’s semi-news crumbs? The influence of Stanley Kubrick (or lack thereof) on Interstellar! Read on for more.
/Film caught a quote in the most recent Entertainment Weekly, which features a number of filmmakers discussing the influence of director Stanley Kubrick. Nolan had this to say about Kubrick’s style in general, and how he contrasts it to his own:
From a storytelling point of view, from a directing point of view, there is one thing I associate with what he does, which is calm. There is such an inherent calm and inherent trust of the one powerful image, that he makes me embarrassed with my own work, in terms of how many different shots, how many different sound effects, how many different things we’ll throw at an audience to make an impression. But with Kubrick, there is such a great trust of the one correct image to calmly explain something to audience. There can be some slowness to the editing. There’s nothing frenetic about it. It’s very simple. There’s a trust in simple storytelling and simple image making that actually takes massive confidence to try and emulate.
Further, EW went on to ask about the influence of 2001: A Space Odyssey on Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar, which is a “heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding,” starring Matthew McConaughey. Nolan, ever vague, had this to say:
I think anytime you look at science fiction in movies, there are key touchstones. Metropolis. Blade Runner. 2001. Whenever you’re talking about getting off the planet, 2001 is somewhat unavoidable. But there is only one 2001. So you don’t want to get too near to that.
So Nolan is stating there’s no way to avoid some comparison to 2001, as Interstellar also involves “getting off the planet.” But at the same time, he seems careful to avoid anything beyond general comparison. So does that mean we can expect more of the hyperactive cross-cutting, parallel edits, and booming score of his post-Dark Knight work? Probably.
What do you think of the Interstellar news?