Christopher Nolan likely to direct Howard Hughes biopic next

He wants to return to shelved project after The Dark Knight Rises

According to Vulture, Christopher Nolan wants to direct a Howard Hughes biopic after he has completed The Dark Knight Rises.

Before he directed Batman Begins, Nolan worked on the project, based on Michael Drosnin's non-fiction book Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness.

Jim Carrey was linked to the Hughes role, but production was suspended when Martin Scorsese decided to make The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Nolan apparently wants the movie ready for release in 2014, at which point he thinks sufficient time will have passed since the Scorsese flick.

This film version would focus more on Hughes' later life than The Aviator did, looking at his increasingly bizarre behaviour that resulted from his OCD.

It'd be one hell of a role for any actor, and it'd be intriguing to know if Nolan would still want Carrey in the part.

If he was no longer interested, we could see his frequent collaborator Christian Bale having a good go at it.

Nolan is gearing up to start shooting The Dark Knight Rises imminently, with a release date set for 20 July 2012.

Reckon this can compete with The Aviator? Who would you cast as Hughes? Hit the comments box below...


    • GarthMarenghi

      Feb 12th 2011, 17:27

      It would be more interesting - and bold - if DiCaprio reprised his role from The Aviator for a different director and different era, much like Newman did with Scorsese in The Color Of Money. But Nolan does have a thing about separating his movies from anything that previously existed, so I'd be (pleasantly) surprised if this came to pass.

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 12th 2011, 21:56

      I always get Howard Hawks confused with Howard Hughes

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 13th 2011, 14:26

      Kinda disappointed it isn't going to be another Inception or Prestige type of movie.

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    • DanielMcA

      Feb 13th 2011, 20:41

      I always get Howard Hawks confused with Hawk The Slayer and Howard Hughes confused with Bryan Hughes the centre forward for Grimsby Town. Don't get me started on my Christmas Card list.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Feb 13th 2011, 21:50

      Ali1748 - Nolan clearly wants that Oscar. And this year's 'snub' tells him that no action movie, however clever, is going to cut it with the Academy voters. Real-life period biopic it is, then!

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    • luke22

      Feb 13th 2011, 23:21

      Leonardo dicaprio's performance as howard hughes was flawless! no one else can play Hughes after that Performance.

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 14th 2011, 12:06

      Liam Neeson for the older Hughes ?? Garth that thought crossed my mind, however the Oscar's did cave in and give Peter Jackson one for Return Of The King.

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    • Jackl911

      Jul 26th 2011, 21:20

      I'm looking forward to the new biopic of Howard Hughes. Hopefully there will be more truths told about him. Even though it has been written that he was not able to walk or that he had long hair and long finger nails or that he never returned to Las Vegas is that really true? I will agree that he had long hair down to his shoulders and his finger nails were from 1/4 to 3/8", but I don't agree with him not being able to walk or that he never returned to Las Vegas after leaving on November 20, 1970. The reason why is because I witnessed a photograph being taken of him in front of the Mint Hotel in Las vegas in March of 1971. Howard Hughes with Levar B. Myler, (a senior penthouse aide) to his left and John H. Meier, (his business manager who is better known for his involvement in Watergate) standing to his right. In the front passenger seat of the black Cadillac Limo that was park at the curb sat John M. Holmes Jr.,(another senior aide). Hopefully this photo will be found so the stories about Mr Hughes can be corrected. For more details on how I know can be found with a search search under Levar B. Myler.

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