Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are in negotiations to star in director Christopher Nolan’s thriller “The Prestige” for Touchstone Pictures and Warner Bros. “Batman Begins” director Nolan has committed to make the long-gestating movie his next project. Shooting is likely to start in January. The story, which begins in 1878, follows the rivalry between two stage magicians who battle one another for trade secrets. The rivalry turns them both into murderers. Jonathan Nolan adapted the screenplay from the novel by Christopher Priest.