Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Inspired by Stanley Kubrick?

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Mysteriousness and Christopher Nolan just about go together like ice cream and cake. Such as the case with Nolan’s next cinematic venture into a galactic exploration with 2014’s Interstellar. Knowing anything is half the battle for fans and media alike, so basically when he says anything at all it makes headlines.

Entertainment Weekly caught up with him and a few other big name directors to discuss the impact of Stanley Kubrick on their film careers. Nolan expresses his love for his first experience as a child with 2001: A Space Odyssey:

Christopher Nolan Interstellar“My dad took my brother and me to Leicester Square, which is where you’d find the biggest theaters in London. I remember very clearly just the experience of being transported to another world. I was a huge Star Wars fan at the time. But this was a completely different way of experiencing science fiction. I was seven years old, so I couldn’t claim to have understood the film. I still can’t claim that. But as a seven year old, I didn’t care about understanding the film. I just felt this extraordinary experience of being taken to another world. You didn’t doubt this world for an instant. It had a larger than life quality.”

We also never doubt your world either Mr. Nolan. When asked if he was turning to Kubrick as inspiration for Interstellar, the prestigious filmmaker 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.”

Many sites have read too loosely into his comments and have otherwise suggested that he is looking to Kubrick for inspiration, when he clearly suggest different. Nolan is saying you can’t duplicate 2001: A Space Odyssey. I mean really? Why would he need to anyway? The man is a well established director with his own style and doesn’t need to copy Kubrick. My personal opinion, Interstellar will most likely end up being something completely groundbreaking that even Kubrick could be proud of. My two cents.

Interstellar opens everywhere November 7th, 2014!

Source: EW

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John "D-Rock" Dotson
is a film critic and film-maker from Dallas, Texas. He attended Midwestern State University where he received a Bachelor's in Business Administration in the field of Marketing. He's a huge lover of all things cinema... except The Last Airbender. Follow him on Twitter @DRockDot
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