But 10 years after “The Aviator,” will the world be ready for another of Nolan’s pet projects — another movie that’s all about Howard Hughes?
Let’s backtrack a little. In the early 2000s, Nolan had wanted to make a film called “Mr. Hughes” about the renowned aviator and billionaire, based on Michael Drosnin’s biography “Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness.” But around that same time, Martin Scorsese put his own Hughes film, “The Aviator,” into production, and Nolan was forced to back off.
The film went on to be a resounding success and even won five Oscars, but that was seven years ago. Now that Nolan is seemingly on the top of the world (even if he still hasn’t received a much-deserved Oscar nomination for his directing), sources inform Vulture that Nolan thinks it’s about time to return to the project.
The report states that Nolan would start filming after “The Dark Knight Rises” hits theaters in 2012, with the intention of releasing it 10 years after “The Aviator” in 2014. For the most part, the film wouldn’t overlap with “The Aviator” because that focused more on Hughes’s early career and accomplishments while Nolan’s version would take place after the events of “The Aviator,” when Hughes descended into a secretive and OCD-controlled lifestyle.
Even though the Hughes biopic would be the most factual film Nolan has done to date, it’s also shaping up to be the most bizarre. “Citizen Hughes” bases itself off of the over 3,000 pages of Hughes’ handwritten memoirs that were leaked after his office was robbed in 1975. But some of the behavior Hughes exhibited — like buying every restaurant chain in Texas because he was obsessed with food safety and having his hair and nails trimmed only once a year — is far different from what was shown in Scorsese’s examination of the industrialist.
And in that way, it seems like Nolan’s Hughes biography is not coming too soon, though two big budget biopics in one decade about a well-known figure such as Howard Hughes might, on the surface, seem a bit much. But what do you think — are you intrigued by Nolan’s potential Hughes biopic, or is it too soon following Scorsese’s film?
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