Christopher Nolan Plans to Direct Howard Hughes Biopic after THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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Christopher Nolan has previously said that The Dark Knight Rises will be his last Batman film, so what comes next?  According to Vulture, Nolan will pursue a biopic about billionaire-filmmaker-engineer-nutjob Howard Hughes that he shelved when Martin Scorsese came out with The Aviator in 2004.  However, while Scorsese’s film drew heavily from Charles Higham’s biography Howard Hughes: The Secret Life and focused on the first half of Hughes’ life, it didn’t really embrace how batshit-loony Hughes went in the latter half of his life.  Nolan’s film, will ride Hughes’ crazy-pants way-of-the-future and pull from Michael Drosnin’s Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness. Drosnin, a former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reporter, pulled from over 3,000 pages of Hughes’s own handwritten memoranda, which leaked after the billionaire’s office was burglarized in 1975.  I hope the burglars were specifically after the memoranda because as we all know, rich guy madness scribblings are worth their weight in gold.

Hit the jump for more on this exciting project.

citizen-hughes-book-cover-01Here are some of the fun highlights of Hughes’ nuttier years that Scorsese didn’t include in The Aviator:

- Sitting naked in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1948 with only a with only a pink dinner napkin covering his genitals as he screened movies from his studio, RKO Pictures, and running up an $11 million tab.

- Buying every franchise restaurant chain in his home state of Texas out of his concern for food safety.

- Concerned about air quality, he installed an aircraft filtration system in the trunk of his 1954 Chrysler New Yorker.

- Cutting his hair and toenails only once a year.

- An addiction to codeine injections and Baskin Robbins Banana Ripple ice cream.

- And only considering Mormons trustworthy enough to let into his inner circle.  Obviously, this was much to the consternation of non-Mormons who wanted to be in the inner circle of a long-haired, long-fingernailed naked man who was mainlining Banana Ripple ice cream.

Vulture reports that Nolan plans to shoot the film in 2012 and release it in 2014 in the hopes that with ten years distance, there won’t be immediate comparisons to Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated flick.




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  • Mathieu

    Interesting. Even moreso if he re-teamed with a certain Inception star…

    Any more likely casting suggestions? Guy Pearce, maybe? A reunion is overdue.

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    IN NOLAN I TRUST (Bows to one knee)

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  • christophercantos

    this is actually a role for Jim Carrey back before he shelved it. i hope he is still willing to take the role. it’s such a long time since we saw him in a “Eternal Sunshine” kind of role. the guy is a great actor, just not been given a lot of great projects.

    also, i somehow think Nolan still has an “Inception-like project” hidden within his creative mind. he just hasn’t divulge it to the public. i mean, the idea for inception was in his mind for 10 years and he never bothered to talk about it with interviews. even if the idea is super cool and will bring you good press.

    • ringbearer1420

      Jim Carrey would be a pretty wretched Howard Hughes.

      • Jason

        he would of been a great howard hughes….apparently you’ve never seen Jim Carrey in man on the moon or Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind. Not counting the fact that he has the same build and look as hughes and was also looked at for the aviator.

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  • ringbearer1420

    Howard Hughes was a psychopathic, megalomaniaical, vampiric demon of a man and Christopher Nolan is one of the rare people who can tell that kind of story.
    I would love it if Nolan adapted James Ellroy’s American Tabloid

    • christian

      Or Syd Barrett the first front-man for Pink Floyd. He ending up going insane.

  • junierizzle

    I really liked THE AVIATOR. Even if Noloan’s flick is released 10 years later, it sounds like two totally different movies anyway.

    Even though Nolan has never let me down, I’m not entirely thrilled about him doing a bio pic. BUt it must be a great script if was willing to wait.

    • christophercantos

      go to Nolan’s IMDB page. he speaks about the script as “one of the best things he ever written”

  • Collin V.

    I rarely watch biopics, but this might actually be interesting…

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  • Jack

    I’m looking forward to the new biopic of Howard Hughes. Hopefully there will be more truths told about him. Even though it has been written that he was not able to walk or that he had long hair and long finger nails or that he never returned to Las Vegas is that really true? I will agree that he had long hair down to his shoulders and his finger nails were from 1/4 to 3/8″, but I don’t agree with him not being able to walk or that he never returned to Las Vegas after leaving on November 20, 1970. The reason why is because I witnessed a photograph being taken of him in front of the Mint Hotel in Las vegas in March of 1971. Howard Hughes with Levar B. Myler, (a senior penthouse aide) to his left and John H. Meier, (his business manager who is better known for his involvement in Watergate) standing to his right. In the front passenger seat of the black Cadillac Limo that was park at the curb sat John M. Holmes Jr.,(another senior aide). Hopefully this photo will be found so the stories about Mr Hughes can be corrected. For more details on how I know can be found with a search search under Levar B. Myler.

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  • Jimmy

    I read Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness and i got to say it is much better than Howard Hughes: The Secret Life by Charles Higham of which Martin Scorseses, The Aviator was based. Nolans film will be a better adapation as he has the better material and if he can find the right actor to portray Hughes, then the film will definetly triumphent over scorseses aviator, a film that i still really enjoy but fell should of had more.

  • Joey

    I read Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness and i got to say it is much better than Howard Hughes: The Secret Life by Charles Higham of which Martin Scorseses, The Aviator was based. Nolans film will be a better adapation as he has the better material and if he can find the right actor to portray Hughes, then the film will definetly triumphent over scorseses aviator, a film that i still really enjoy but fell should of had more.

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  • tim

    pass the coconuts

  • Mary

    Benedict Cumberbatch could do it.

  • model_102

    I would love to see johnny Depp or Christian bale or sean penn in the role of Howard hughes

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  • Jack

    I would love to see Edward Norton play Howard Hughes

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