Christopher Nolan to follow Batman with Hughes biopic

Christopher Nolan has had a Howard Hughes biopic on the shelf for a while now and according to Vulture, it’s soon to see the light of day – after The Dark Knight Rises, of course.

When Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator hit screens back in 2004, Nolan temporarily abandoned the idea (and probably rather wisely so). But where Scorsese’s feature was based on Charles Higham’s biography, Howard Hughes: The Secret Life, focusing on the early years of Hughes’ life up to 1947, Nolan’s will be based on Michael Drosnin’s Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness (first published in 1985), concentrating on Hughes’ later, more secretive, eccentric, and OCD-laced days.

The next chapter of Hughes’ life will show a very different side to the man and Nolan’s movie will reveal a naked 1948 version who purportedly sat in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel with just a pink dinner napkin covering his genitals whilst screening movies from his RKO Pictures studio, running an USD$11 million tab. Eccentricities such as his addiction to Baskin Robbins Banana Ripple ice cream and codeine injections, as well his strange habit of only having his hair cut and nails trimmed once a year will no doubt feature in Nolan’s film.

Anticipated to shoot in late 2012, having it ready for release in 2014, which will mark an entire decade since Scorsese’s Aviator, Nolan is giving audiences more than enough time to breathe between versions.

Discuss: Who will play Nolan’s eccentric version of Hughes? Surely he won’t recruit his Inception star Leo DiCaprio (and lookalike) to carry on his fine work from The Aviator?

One Response to “Christopher Nolan to follow Batman with Hughes biopic”

  1. Hopefully Christopher Nolan will include events that occurred which haven’t been told, for instance the report of a photograph being taken of Howard Hughes with long hair, standing with his senior aide, Levar B. Myler and his business adviser, John H. Meier. Hughes also asked Levar B. Myler if Jack Real, ( Howard Hughes friend that went to work for him in April of 1971) had called. Yes all this took place in front of the Mint Hotel in Las Vegas in March of 1971, Finding the photograph may change a few of the things that have been written about Hughes.

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