Nell’intervista che accompagna il servizio di Empire sul film, Christopher Nolan parla delle fonti di ispirazione del suo nuovo film:
“It’s not straight action and it’s not straight thriller. I do liken it to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid. A lot of them by Spielberg. I don’t like talking about Spielberg too much because he was the director on the project before me and I don’t want to keep coming back to that, but the truth is, there’s a great spirit to films like ‘Close Encounters [Of The Third Kind]’ and ‘Jaws’ that I really wanted to try and capture, because I haven’t seen it in a very long time.”
Il suo omaggio a Spielberg però sarà molto diverso da quello che J.J. Abrams gli ha tributato con Super 8.
“I mean, J.J. [Abrams] paid great homage to it in ‘Super 8,’ but it was a very literal homage. We’re trying to do: ‘What would that kind of film be now? Not in that period, as J.J. did, but now. It’s been a really interesting challenge. When you say you’re making a family film, it has all these pejorative connotations that it’ll be somehow soft. But when I was a kid, these were family films in the best sense, and they were as edgy and incisive and challenging as anything else on the blockbuster spectrum. I wanted to bring that back in some way.”
Altri due film però sono entrati nell’immaginario del regista inglese. Il primo è naturalmente 2001 di Kubrick, il secondo è meno scontato…
“You can’t pretend ‘2001’ doesn’t exist when you’re making ‘Interstellar’. But the other film I’d have to point to is ‘The Right Stuff.’ I screened a print of it for the crew before we started, because that’s a film that not enough people have seen on the big screen. It’s an almost perfectly made film. It’s one of the great American movies and people don’t quite realize how great it is — probably because it’s four hours long!”
Il film di Nolan sarà il più lungo della sua carriera, 2 ore e 49 minuti.