Bigger than Batman: Nolan says INCEPTION is the 'biggest challenge" he's taken on

I'll be up front. If you're looking for more plot details for writer-director Christopher Nolan's action-thriller Inception, then you've come to the wrong place. But if you're interested in hearing what he and his producer/wife have to say about the massive scope and the genre-bending greatness they have in store for they're follow up to The Dark Knight... then we've got spoonfuls of that!

In a glimpse the LA Times has released of an upcoming preview of 2010 releases, Nolan sets the expectations extremely high by saying that Inception has been his "biggest challenge" and that the movie is in 4D! Well, kinda... he's referring more to the fact that the film's premise of corporate espionage by way of dream invasion toys with perception as its travels through time and space. So no glasses required.

But we do have an international thriller, a story of madness and lost love, and Hollywood's very first metaphysical heist movie rolled into one. Or “all of the above,” according to Nolan who explained during a break from editing:

I think we’ve put a lot of different things into the pot with this one. I grew up watching James Bond films and loving those and watching spy movies with their globetrotting sensibility.... We get to do that here, not just geographically but also in time and dimensions of reality as well. We get to make a movie that’s expansive, I suppose you’d say, in four dimensions.

So what little we do know, for now, is easily remedied by the stellar cast lead by Leonardo DiCaprio and features Marion CotillardCillian MurphyMichael CaineJoseph Gordon-LevittEllen Page and Ken Watanabe.

Nolan's wife and career partner, Emma Thomas, has once again teamed up with her hubby to produce Inception. The pair didn't set out to top their critically and commercially acclaimed Batman films in scope, having in fact been sitting on the idea for close to a decade. Thomas said Inception is a story that requires a huge canvas and that's just where Nolan's Inception script took them.

Thomas explained:

It’s something that we had been talking about on and off for seven or eight years. Coming off of the The Dark Knight, the only thing we really knew is that we wanted to do something more personal. It seemed like the right time to do this. The fact that it’s really just an enormous movie -- that wasn’t ever really a factor in the decision. This story lends itself to a movie of this size.

It's not just movie magic for the globetrotting characters, as the production filmed in six different countries.

Nolan said:

This is the biggest challenge I’ve taken on to this point. We’re trying to tell a story on a massive scale, a true blockbuster scale – the biggest I’ve ever been involved with. We tried to make a very large-scale film with The Dark Knight and with this one we wanted to push that even further.

The article also says Nolan may return to Gotham City for his next feature. But "may return" and will return are two completely different things. But if Inception is bigger than Dark Knight, when/if he is behind the next Batman film, than we have a lot to look forward to for the next installment.

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.' Inception hits theaters July 16th. To watch the newest trailer Click Here.

What do you think of what Nolan has in store for us in INCEPTION? Do you think it will be better or as do as well as DARK KNIGHT?

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