Inception won’t have anything to do with the Scarecrow or the Joker. Instead, it’s a science fiction epic. Warner Bros. has described the film as “a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind.” Online scuttlebutt also claimed the setting would be “a war for the colonization of Venus.”
It isn’t Victorian magicians, but the future seems like fertile ground for Nolan’s kind of mind-games and his love affair with IMAX. As for DiCaprio, both The Departed and Revolutionary Road have demonstrated he’s one of the best simmerers around. So who knows what he might be thinking?
Inception is due for release in summer 2010, so we’ll have some time before Nolan gets around to Abbott & Costello Meet the Dark Knight–which has attracted casting calls from Johnny Depp to Angelina Jolie to Paul Giamatti. Indeed, the delay suggests that Warner Bros. might look elsewhere for a writer-director for the Batman threequel.
And now, a sneak peek at one of Nolan’s Venusian inspirations …