As we enter a new era of Star Wars post-The Rise of Skywalker, there’s ample opportunity for an influx of directors to take on Star Wars movies. One of the people film fans will be most interested to hear from is Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan.
Nolan has had a steady stream of new movies over the last decade, and what makes him one of the best directors of all time in our eyes is how he can make blockbuster spectacles without compromising on his vision or filmmaking tenets: practical effects wherever possible, a majestic touch, and an operatic flair to even his most silly-sounding concepts.
In a quickfire round of questions, Nolan had the opportunity to answer or pass on queries, and when he was asked if he would like to make a Star Wars movie, the director of some of the best superhero movies ever made said “Pass.”
Not a “No”, but that perhaps has more to do with not wanting to ruffle the feathers of fans of the sci-fi franchise (or the studio) than his actual desire to dip his toes into a galaxy far, far away.
Nolan isn’t a total stranger to franchise work: he was behind a couple of DC’s best movies — notably The Dark Knight. Yet despite his work often emulating the good parts of science-fiction blockbusters attached to IP, he has otherwise stayed away from directing franchise films.
In the same interview, Nolan said he unequivocally is not interested in doing any more superhero capers after his Batman trilogy. We can’t blame him; so many unique directors go through the tent-pole mill and come out the other side helming projects that compromise on both their unique vision and what die-hard franchise fans want. Nolan isn’t a director who has to beg for work, so he does not need to put in a shift somewhere he doesn’t want to be.
For more Nolan, we’ve got guides on the best Batman actors, the Oppenheimer release date, and the best Joker actors ranked, as well as a story about how he’s thrilled about Barbenheimer. Or, if you’re more into space pew-pews, check out the Star Wars movies in order, as well as our guides to the Ahsoka release date, Skeleton Crew release date, and The Mandalorian season 4 release date.