Having returned from his vacation, “The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan surfaced at the recent SCREAM 2008 Awards and The Los Angeles Times got to do an extensive three-part interview with him.
In the first part they ask him the questions that have been lingering ever since the “Batman Begins” sequel hit so huge. At present ‘Knight’ stands with a $528 million domestic and just shy of $1 billion international total. Nolan joked about such abstract numbers, saying “There’s something liberating in knowing that my next film, whatever it is, isn’t going to make as much money [laughter]. I don’t have to try for years.”
Will he do another one? “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.”
What kind of film will he do next? “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].”