If this rumor turns out to be false, it will at least have given the internet a few days of crazy indulgent speculation fodder with which to amuse its denizens.

If it turns out to be true?  Geekgasm, with a capital ‘G.’

With Sam Mendes opting not to return even given the success of the wildly popular Skyfall, rumor has it that Christopher Nolan has been approached by Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G .Wilson to helm the 24th installment in the iconic franchise. Even more interesting are the reports that not only has Nolan been approached for the directing gig, but apparently informal talks between the parties have begun.

This is a huge, intelligent move for the franchise should it come to fruition. Nolan has not only been vocal in the past about his desire to direct a James Bond movie, but the latter third of Inception (the dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream attack on a memory fortress lodged in the snowy mountains of the mind) was very much a love letter to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. His skill behind the lens would serve the ‘Bond 24’ well, and the studio (one would presume this would be MGM partnering again with Sony Pictures Entertainment, the same consortium behind Skyfall) gets a big splash by adding a huge name director to ease some of the sting of losing Mendes (and admit it, after the greatness that was Skyfall, losing Mendes does have an impact).

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Of course, signing up to direct the next Bond movie is no small task, and Nolan is coming fresh off of his Man of Steel producer gig to jump into preproduction and filming on Interstellar, a sci-fi themed outing which sounds pretty damned large itself.  (IMDB’s summary tells us that Interstellar is “An exploration of physicist Kip Thorne’s theories of gravity fields, wormholes and several hypotheses that Albert Einstein was never able to prove.” So yeah, pretty big.)  Given all this, it may seem relatively unfeasible that Nolan would have time to take the reins on the next Bond. But it doesn’t hurt either side to discuss their options given the respective levels of interest. Safe to say that timing might be the only thing that thwarts Nolan directing ‘Bond 24,’ but neither 007 nor the director are going anywhere anytime soon, which could at the least make for a very compelling “if not now, maybe next time” sentiment.

Source: Ain’t It Cool News