With critically acclaimed films such as Memento and The Dark Knight under his belt, director Christopher Nolan has already mastered the art of filmmaking, so what might his next challenge be? Video games, possibly.
In a recent interview with The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley (via VG247), Nolan was asked by a fan whether he’d ever want one of his movies to be adapted into a game, and the director revealed that he has actually considered the idea over the years and even went “fairly down the road” at one point.
Nolan suggested that the games he’d be involved in wouldn’t simply be your typical licensed tie-ins, however, arguing that each work needs to be “something great in its own right.” He also admitted that game development is even more challenging than filmmaking.
“Making films is complicated – it takes a long time,” Nolan explained. “Making video games is even more complicated and takes even longer.”
“The way the video game industry works – and you know far more about it than I do – It’s really tough to… you know, you can’t… you don’t wanna just be doing a licensed game, you don’t wanna tie it into something and using the brand established by the film.”
“Same way actually when people do a film adaptation from a video game, you don’t want it to just draft off the brand – you want it to be something great in its own right.”
“I think my time and energy I’ve just wound up devoting it all to film. Just seeing how difficult [game development] is, it’s not something you’d ever take on lightly. But it’s definitely something I am interested in. It’s an amazing world.”
Nolan’s latest blockbuster, Tenet, is available to purchase now on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and VOD. Reception has been extremely polarizing due to the film’s confusing gimmick of “inversion,” whereby time and events unfold in reverse. Critics also claim that the dialog is unintelligible in many scenes.