Christopher Nolan may have found his replacement for long-time collaborator Wally Pfister in The Fighter and Let the Right One In cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema.
The info should still be classified as “rumor” until Nolan himself weighs in, but Van Hoytema spilled the beans to Dutch website Film Abides in a recent interview, and seriously, how often do you catch cinematographers stirring up trouble?
Nolan has worked with Pfister, who is moving on to direct Transcendence, since the two collaborated on Memento. But considering Van Hoytema’s background in working with film over digital, it shouldn’t be difficult connecting.
The only potential issue, according to IndieWire, could lie in the cinematographer’s inexperience working with IMAX, which Interstellar will utilize in the same manner as The Dark Knight Rises.
Prior credits for Van Hoytema have been successful, though low-key, productions. We don’t expect he’ll have any issue working his way into blockbuster realms, which this is sure to be when it releases on November 7, 2014.
The plot has been shrouded in mystery thus far, though we do know a bit of the broad strokes.
Based on a scientific theory by Kip S. Thorne, a Caltech physicist and expert on relativity, the film had once attracted none other than Steven Spielberg, who wanted to develop an adventure movie based on the concept of traveling through wormholes.
In fact, the film was announced in 2006 before Christopher Nolan came to the project. A year later, Jonathan Nolan was brought in to write the screenplay, and as of 2010, the two (Spielberg and Jonathan Nolan) were expected to collaborate.
(We haven’t seen Spielberg’s name associated with the project in any of the recent casting announcements — Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway will star — so it’s safe to say he’s not involved in any way.)
Do you like the idea for a potential team-up of Christopher Nolan and Hoyte Van Hoytema, or should Nolan just retire now that Pfister is out of the picture (kidding)? What’s your favorite film from the director?