‘Dark Knight’ director Christopher Nolan ‘approached’ for next Bond film

Nolan is reportedly having 'informal talks' with Bond bigwigs

Christopher Nolan has reportedly been “approached” to direct the follow-up to Skyfall.

According to The Daily Mail, “informal talks” have begun between Nolan, director of The Dark Knight trilogy, and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.

Last year’s Skyfall has now become the most successful Bond film ever at the box office, grossing over $1.1 billion (£720 million) worldwide. However, the film’s director Sam Mendes has confirmed he won’t be returning for the next instalment.

“Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life,” Mendes said in March (2013). “But I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.”

Meanwhile, Nolan is currently working on his first project as director since last year’s The Dark Knight Rises, the concluding part of his Batman trilogy. Titled Interstellar, it’s an ambitious-sounding sci-fi film whose cast will include Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine.

Although there’s no confirmed director yet, Daniel Craig is contracted for at least two more Bond movies and Skyfall writer John Logan has been hired to pen the next two scripts. The follow-up to Skyfall is expected in 2015, which would mean a hefty workload for Nolan given his commitment to Interstellar.