6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Interstellar’
6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Interstellar’

1. “Interstellar” is a family effort

British-US director Christopher Nolan (R) poses with his wife, British producer, Emma Thomas (L) on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Interstellar' in London on October 29, 2014. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
British-US director Christopher Nolan (R) poses with his wife, British producer, Emma Thomas (L) on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film ‘Interstellar’ in London on October 29, 2014. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Director Christopher Nolan wrote the film with his brother Jonathan Nolan, and his wife Emma Thomas produced it. Fans should be expecting all the usual shockers from this collaboration who also worked all together on “The Dark Knight” and “Memento.” Although the usual director of cinematography Wally Pfister will be missing, he will be replaced by Hoyte Van Hoytema.

2. ‘Interstellar’ will be doing more than just entertaining

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An artist’s rendering of a wormhole. (Shutterstock)

It’s the first time that the work of theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne, will be introduced to the public. Thorne’s work is based on a theory known as the Einstein-Rosen bridge which states that, wormholes (tunnels which allow people to travel across different planes of the space-time continuum) exist. Although you might remember mention of the Einstein-Rosen bridge from “Thor,” this movie will take the theory literally. Apparently Stephen Hawking lost a bet with with Thorne when trying to disprove the theory which cost him a year’s subscription to Penthouse. Someone has yet to disprove or prove the theory of wormholes.

3. The “Interstellar” script was on Spielberg’s desk collecting dust since 2006

Director Steven Spielberg uses his smart phone during the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

At the time, Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg announced that he would direct a film about “a group of explorers who travel through a worm hole and into another dimension,” following a treatment by physicist Kip Thorne and producer Lynda Obst. Some time later, Nolan was brought onto the team and suggested that they add a dimension of time to the movie, including Hollywood’s  and so the process began.

4. Filming locations include Canada and Iceland

Matthew McConaughey in 'Interstellar.' (Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Entertainment.)
Matthew McConaughey in ‘Interstellar.’ (Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Entertainment.)

“Interstellar” was filmed in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada and in Iceland. This is said to be the biggest Christopher Nolan film to date. (Nolan was the brains behind “The Dark Knight,” “Batman Begins,” and “Inception” to name a few).

5. Executive Producer for the film is theoretical physicist Kip Thorne

Executive producer Kip Thorne attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Interstellar' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Oct. 26, 2014, in Hollywood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Executive producer Kip Thorne attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ ‘Interstellar’ at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Oct. 26, 2014, in Hollywood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Director Christopher Nolan worked closely with theoretical physicist Kip Thorne who became the executive producer and scientific adviser of the film. Thorne is now writing a companion guide “The Science of Interstellar” to accompany the film, which will include some science of the film and background information on Nolan’s work. Nolan himself will provide a foreword for the guide. “The Science of Interstellar” will be released on November 7, the same day that the movie hits theaters. Another text that will accompany the film is Mark Cotta Vaz’s “Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space.”

6. Composer Hans Zimmer didn’t know the theme of the film before composing

German composer Hans Zimmer poses on arrival at the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestras Lifetime Achievement Award for which he was honored on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
German composer Hans Zimmer poses on arrival at the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestras Lifetime Achievement Award for which he was honored on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Because director Christopher Nolan likes to keep his movies super secretive until the very last moment before the release date. Often he even keeps the actors wondering what the closing act is. For “Interstellar,” composer of the score, Hans Zimmer, did not know that the film had anything to do with the outer space. He was only given one page of notes about the relationship between a father (Matthew McConaughey) and daughter (Mackenzie Foy).

 

If you’re looking for films in the same kind of intellectual category, the “Interstellar” website recommends:

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
  • The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  • The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan)
  • Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan)
  • Alien (Ridley Scott)
  • Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
  • Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
  • Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
  • Memento (Christopher Nolan)
  • Inception (Christopher Nolan)
  • Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)

All information was taken from official Interstellar movie website www.interstellar-movie.com.

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