Now that Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Interstellar has hit theaters, many are wondering what the filmmaker will tackle next. During an interview with The Daily Beast, the filmmaker was asked if he was approached to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, since he mentioned that he has wanted to make a sci-fi epic ever since seeing Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in theaters.
"I'm pretty excited to see what J.J. is going to do with that. I'm excited to see that he's shooting on film and actually built the Millennium Falcon. As far as whether or not I would have ever done it, the truth is I think I'd be afraid to touch it! He's boldly going where he went before in Star Trek, and it takes colossal balls. I'm a lot more comfortable trying to do my own thing than carrying the weight and expectation of the entire world-particularly 40-somethings like me who live and die with each new bit of information about Star Wars. But I'm very excited to see what he does."
Another franchise the filmmaker has shown interest in is James Bond, revealing that he did have discussions with the producers about directing an unspecified 007 movie, but it never came to fruition.
"I love James Bond and I've talked with the producers over the years, but nothing's ever worked out. They do a great job-they don't need me right now, and Sam [Mendes] is an extraordinary talent. I will absolutely be first in line to see the next Bond film as I have been for all of them."
Christopher Nolan's brother Jonathan Nolan revealed last month that they are both no longer involved in the upcoming DC Comics slate, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, Christopher Nolan says that he is still serving as an executive producer, while offering his thoughts on Ben Affleck playing Batman.
"I'm only involved in that project in an advisory capacity as an executive producer, so I'm not involved in the day-to-day. When they told me that Ben was interested in doing it, I thought, 'How thrilling!' This is the guy who just won Best Picture as a director and as an actor, and I thought it would be a great thing that he'd be willing to do this. I think the guy is incredibly talented and I'm very excited to see what Zack (Snyder) and Ben do together."
When asked again if he would ever direct another superhero movie, the director echoed a statement he made last month about that part of his life being over.
"I worked on it for a long time-almost 10 years-and had an incredible experience. It was totally fulfilling, so I'm done with that part of my life. But it was really thrilling."