Posted on Monday, October 27th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
The LA Times was able to corner director Christopher Nolan at the SCREAM 2008 Awards, and ask the man behind The Dark Knight about the possibility of a potential third film. Here is what Nolan said:
“Well … let me think how to put this. There are two things to be said. One is the emphasis on story. What’s the story? Is there a story that’s going to keep me emotionally invested for the couple of years that it will take to make another one? That’s the overriding question. On a more superficial level, I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name? [Laughs.] At the same time, in taking on the second one, we had the challenge of trying to make a great second movie, and there haven’t been too many of those either. It’s all about the story really. If the story is there, everything is possible. I hope that was a suitably slippery answer.”
Talk about noncommittal. Nolan was also asked what kind of movie he will make next:
“On one hand, yeah, there is a certain feeling to do [something smaller]. After “Batman Begins,” I certainly felt like taking on something smaller, but one of the things I got such a thrill from on “The Dark Knight” was shooting on Imax and creating that massive scale and achieving that larger-than-life quality. So that’s a lot of fun. I’m drawn in both directions now. So maybe what I need to do next is a very intimate, small story that happens to be photographed on a ridiculously large scale. Or vice versa [laughs].”
A small story on a large scale? I wonder what kind of stories Nolan has swirling around in his head. And I wonder how much money Warner Bros is adding to their offer to get Nolan back for a third film each week that the filmmaker doesn’t commit to another sequel.