Christopher Nolan To Produce Wally Pfister's Directorial Debut

Back in March, we learned that Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister will be making his feature directorial debut on an untitled thriller for Alcon Entertainment. However, it was announced today that Nolan and his producing partner/wife Emma Thomas will be executive producing Pfister’s film as well. Pfister has collaborated as cinematographer on all of Nolan’s films except Following and he won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his stellar work on Inception. His non-Nolan features include Moneyball and The Italian Job. Though this will be his first feature film, Pfister has previously directed a few commercials.

The screenplay comes from newcomer Jack Paglen and production is set to get underway this fall or early winter. The Dark Knight Rises, latest collaboration from Pfister and Nolan, opens on july 20, 2012. Hit the jump to read the press release.

Here’s the press release:

LOS ANGELES, CA, JUNE 13, 2012 – Producing partners Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are coming on board to executive produce Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s untitled directorial debut which Alcon entertainment is financing and producing, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

The screenplay, written by newcomer Jack Paglen for Pfister to direct, was developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films, whose Company principals include Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen and Regency Boies. Polvino, Marter and Cohen will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Boies will co-produce. The plot is being kept under wraps.

Principal photography is set to begin in the fall or early winter.

Pfister is an Oscar winning cinematographer (for INCEPTION) and is best known for his work on projects with Christopher Nolan. His collaboration with Nolan has spanned seven films, beginning in 1999 with MEMENTO, and earning him three Oscar nominations and one win.

Nolan and Thomas stated: ‘We have been hoping to work with Wally as a director for a long time, and are thrilled to be working on such an original and exciting project alongside him and Alcon’.

While this is his first feature project, Pfister has been directing commercials for several years and gained notice for his powerful work on PSAs for “The Montana Meth Project” alongside the work of Directors Darren Aronofsky, Tony Kaye, and Alejandro Inarritu.

Pfister recently completed THE DARK KNIGHT RISES with Nolan and served as the cinematographer on last years best picture nominee, MONEYBALL. Other credits include THE ITALIAN JOB and LAUREL CANYON.

Kosove and Johnson added: “Chris and Emma, with whom we worked so closely on INSOMNIA, are supremely talented, as filmmakers, as collaborators, as storytellers, in all ways large and small, and we are delighted to be in business with them again.”