Jonah Nolan

Screen­writer, In­ter­stel­lar

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Cinema - Nick Setch­field

Were you sci­en­tif­i­cally rig­or­ous with your screen­play?

Here’s the bal­anc­ing act – after the first year or so of re­search you come back and you say well, the re­al­is­tic ver­sion of this is there’s no worm­hole. The re­al­is­tic ver­sion of a space ex­plo­ration film is we run out of gas with­out get­ting even close to en­coun­ter­ing any­where else re­motely hos­pitable. In this mo­ment in time the idea of find­ing other plan­ets that are hab­it­able, that we can set foot on, is ridicu­lous and im­pos­si­ble. But you just have to look at his­tory to un­der­stand that hu­man­ity is, if noth­ing else, in­cred­i­bly good at over­com­ing ob­sta­cles to its own sur­vival.

Do you think In­ter­stel­lar might in­spire a gen­er­a­tion?

I think you have to be very care­ful. We tried very hard not to make the film di­dac­tic. I think there is some­thing that’s gone a bit miss­ing or a bit awry in terms of that im­pulse to ex­plore and travel and reach out and see the uni­verse. We’re def­i­nitely in a mo­ment right now where we’re con­sid­er­ing the dam­age we’ve done to our own planet. We’re in a bit of a self- hat­ing mo­ment, for some good rea­sons and some bad ones, and I think that may have curbed our im­pulse. But hu­man­ity has been de­fined in many ways by its cu­rios­ity. It’s def­i­nitely a fun­da­men­tal at­tribute of ours. I grew up with th­ese dreams of hu­mans tak­ing that next step out into the uni­verse, and I think if we do it con­sci­en­tiously and care­fully then it’s our des­tiny.

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