What? A key member of the crew on Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' has read the script and has nothing but good things to say about it? Madness!
Still, when that key member of the crew is Academy Award–nominated director of photography Wally Pfister, you can't help but sit up and take notice. The extraordinarily talented D.P. was a guest on the Kevin and Josh Movie Show (although it was First Showing that pointed us in the right direction), and he did a fine job drumming up hype while not giving away a single detail. No wonder the ever-secretive Nolan loves this guy. When asked how his director was going to top 'The Dark Knight,' Pfister unleashed this statement upon an unsuspecting Internet:
"I asked the same question. I read the script two weeks ago, and he's done it. Plain and simple -- he's done it. It's a phenomenal script. He's still in the process of cutting it back because it's a very long script right now, but it's really phenomenal. And he actually had me go back and wanted me to watch, in IMAX, 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight' again. When I watched those I had read the script for 'The Dark Knight Rises' and was like, 'Dude, it is a perfect trilogy.' I think that was his intent, to work off those two pictures -- and they are very different pictures. And it's funny, we all had different opinions about which picture we like better."
Batman movie news is always exciting, and while the jury's still out on whether or not this actually qualifies as news, we'll take what we can get. Naturally, a man chiefly involved in the key creative development of a film isn't going to run out and bad-mouth his current gig (particularly when the gig is as high-profile as 'The Dark Knight Rises'), but Pfister isn't some hack -- he's one of the best cinematographers working today, an Oscar nominee for 'Batman Begins,' 'The Prestige,' 'The Dark Knight' and 'Inception' (no wonder he likes working with Nolan). Heck, the man could probably shoot an amazing-looking film with his eyes closed.
Naturally, the conversation turned toward how he was going to shoot the film, especially in the wake of 'The Dark Knight''s use of the IMAX camera for certain sequences:
"Our goal is to shoot as much in IMAX as we can. We're going to put in on the screen, and put it on the screen big. And I really encourage everyone to see it in IMAX if they can because we're really going for it this time. In terms of the action, we are all scratching our heads right now trying to figure out how we're going to do it, how we're going to do it in the amount of time we're going to do it in. The opening scene of the movie will blow your mind."
What's most surprising about that statement is not that they plan to shoot more in IMAX (the IMAX-shot set pieces in 'The Dark Knight' were incredible), but that Pfister doesn't once mention 3D. Will he and Nolan hold steady and avoid a post-conversion nightmare? We can only hope.
For more tidbits, you should click that link above and listen to the whole interview (including Pfister's incredibly early, vague thoughts on Anne Hathaway's Catwoman). 'The Dark Knight Rises' begins shooting in a few months with a targeted July 20, 2012, release date. The massive ensemble, plus Hathaway, Tom Hardy and a possible Joseph Gordon-Levitt, returns.