Paramount sets scribe for 'Interstellar'

Paramount Pictures has set Jonah Nolan to write “Interstellar,” a space adventure that has Steven Spielberg attached to direct.

Spielberg set up the project last year (Daily Variety, Jun. 15, 2006). The drama revolves around explorers who travel through a worm hole and into another dimension.

The plot was informed by a scientific theory by Kip S. Thorne, a Caltech physicist and expert on relativity. His theory that wormholes exist and can be used for time travel intrigued Spielberg, who attended a Caltech workshop on the subject with Thorne and other scientists.

Nolan, who hatched the short story that became his brother Chris Nolan’s breakthrough film “Memento,” most recently scripted “The Prestige” and the Batsequel “The Dark Knight.” The scribe will start scripting “Interstellar” as soon as he delivers “The Chicago Fire” for Warner Bros.

There is no hurry. Spielberg is prepping the fourth installment of Indiana Jones for a June start with Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett, and he is expected to follow with a film about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, based on the Doris Kearns Goodwin book. Spielberg wants his “Schindler’s List” star Liam Neeson to play Lincoln.

Nolan’s repped by UTA.

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