CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 13: Keir Dulla (L), Christopher Nolan and Katharina Kubrick attend the screening of “Sink Or Swim (Le Grand Bain)” during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 13, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
4. Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan is the king of the blockbuster. Nolan’s last five films averaged a budget of $181 million. So, when Kathleen Kennedy and the executive producers hand over the keys to a $300 million budget, he will not blink.
As for his films, no one can argue how well they perform in the box office and with the critics. Of those films that averaged $181 million, they brought in at least $500 million at the box office.
Would Nolan stay true to the feel and pace of a normal Star Wars movie? With his work on the most recent Batman trilogy, it certainly shows that he can. However, he would likely use flashbacks to help give the story depth. His films tend to feature slightly darker motifs. The script and storyline could be extremely important for any project Nolan would take on. For example, he probably would have been better directing Empire Strikes Back and Revenge of the Sith then A New Hope or Return of the Jedi.
The majority of his films have a long runtime. His most recent flick, Dunkirk, was abnormally short for Nolan with a runtime of 1 hour, 46 minutes. That looks minuscule when compared to Interstellar and The Dark Knight Rises, each has a run time of about 2 hours, 45 minutes. If he ever takes the helm of the Millennium Falcon, expect another run time like The Last Jedi.