Christopher Nolan’s Next Film is About Wormholes

They're the key to time travel in Interstellar, the latest sci-fi movie from the director of Inception.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

When Christopher Nolan makes a movie, the whole world takes notice. Thanks to the mindbending thrillers Memento, The Prestige and Inception, and the acclaimed blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy (Following and Insomnia were pretty good too), Nolan has proved that he can take any material and make it thought provoking and genuinely exciting. So it should come as no surprise that for his next motion picture, he's going to make theoretical physics fun for the whole family. It's called Interstellar, and it's all about wormholes.

Wormholes have been a go-to plot device for sci-fi films and television for decades, used prominently in "Farscape" (pictured above), "Fringe," and even Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure as a way for characters to travel from one end of the universe to the other, through time and even into alternate dimensions because doing so is really, really cool. The official, science term for a wormhole is an "Einstein-Rosen Bridge," a term used slightly less often in popular fiction because it takes longer to say and sounds vaguely like the kind of name they'd give a character on "Downton Abbey."

The script for Interstellar was written by Christopher Nolan's brother, Jonathan Nolan, who also co-wrote the screenplays for The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and The Prestige. It's actually been kicking around Hollywood for a while now, and was being developed as a possible directorial vehicle for Steven Spielberg. (It's unclear whether Spielberg is still involved in some capacity, or has walked away from the project altogether). The plot for Interstellar revolves around a team of explorers traveling through a wormhole to different times and dimensions. The odds of running into that dude from The Crying Game in an alien space pyramid seem, at the moment at least, to be rather slim. 

Hollywood Reporter's exclusive report says that Nolan has been circling the project for months now, so it's not like he's been twiddling his thumbs ever since The Dark Knight Rises came out. He's got you covered, audiences. You're getting a wormhole movie next.

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.