Project insiders told Vulture that Nolan wants to bring to life the Howard Hughes story he was working on before back-burnering it when it became clear that Martin Scorsese's The Aviator would beat him to the punch.
Whereas Scorsese's Aviator in 2004 was largely based on Charles Higham's biography Howard Hughes: The Secret Life and mostly covered Hughes's early years, Noaln is said to be more interested in the millionaire's later years - when he went all batshit crazy and jarred his urine, grew long fingernails and wore tissue boxes on his feet. Now, that's what we want to see!
Says Vulture, "Nolan’s Hughes movie will cover many later events and quirks on which Scorsese’s movie punted: We'll meet the Howard Hughes who spent much of 1948 sitting naked in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel with only a pink dinner napkin covering his genitals as he screened movies from his studio, RKO Pictures, and ran up an $11 million tab; the Hughes who — obsessed with food safety — once bought every franchise restaurant chain in his home state of Texas, and who was similarly so concerned about air quality that he installed an aircraft filtration system in his 1954 Chrysler New Yorker, taking up its entire trunk; the Howard Hughes who had his hair cut and nails trimmed only once a year, and who was seemingly as addicted to Baskin Robbins Banana Ripple ice cream as he was to regular codeine injections; the Hughes who at the end of his life considered only Mormons trustworthy enough to be let into his inner circle."
Nolan is said to want to begin shooting in late 2012 for a 2014 release, by which time a decade will have passed giving a whole new generation the chance to see the film without recollections of Scorcese's butt-numbing version.
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