Films to Watch Out For: “Interstellar”

Most of the time, I hate the Internet, because most of the time, it’s merely a conduit for people telling me I need to buy a new cell phone or enlarge various parts of my anatomy. Sometimes, though, I love the Internet. Sites like Wikipedia seem to be bringing about a cultural revolution. So much information, right at our fingertips (how’s that for a well-worn cliché?). A shining example of that kind of encyclopedic accessibility is imdb.com, the Internet Movie Database. Nowhere else can you find such accessible and detailed information on any movie or actor or director or writer you’re interested in.

Case in point: one of the greatest mathematicians of modern times was Paul Erdös. He was the second most prolific mathematician in history. And he is credited on imdb.com, for an almost-unknown forty-five minute film about himself. Unbelievable.

By now, dear reader, you’re probably wondering just what the hell I’m driving at. Well, the previous two paragraphs were a long-winded, roundabout way of telling you that, sometimes, the Internet allows neat little serendipitous accidents.

One such accident is my finding out about the movie Interstellar. Scheduled to debut in 2009, interstellar is, and this is a direct quote from imdb, “An exploration of physicist Kip Thorne’s theories of gravity fields, wormholes and several hypotheses that Albert Einstein was never able to prove.” What’s more, Kip Thorne himself is credited as the creator of the film’s story. I still fondly remember reading Thorne’s incredibly accessible book Black Holes and Time Warps. It was funny and richly informative, and if Interstellar is anything like Thorne’s little explanatory vignettes in that book, then it’s going to be an impressive film.

What’s more, Steven Spielberg is listed as the film’s director. I’ve always been a great fan of Speilberg’s films. Most of them are at least competent, and many of them are classic. And even if Spielberg’s sentimentality kicks in on this film, he’ll be counterbalanced by writer Lynda Obst, executive producer of Contact, which is arguably one of the most realistically compelling science fiction films of our time.

And that’s all I know. Since it isn’t, as far as I know, even in production yet, there’s not much to know. Still, for a geeky fan of hard science fiction (such as myself), Interstellar smells of a great film. It may in fact be one of the first films to competently handle the subject of wormholes.

I wait with breathless anticipation. (How’s that for a melodramatic conclusion?)

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