“Even in making a sequel, you have to be fresh. You have to be different. You have to take risks,” Christopher Nolan, the director told Entertainment Weekly recently. It’s no secret that Nolan’s Inception was a worldwide phenomenon. Recent news suggests, however, that Warner Bros. is itching to add to the lucrative box office run of the sci-fi/fantasy/action epic by making a sequel.
Australian site WhatsPlaying.au recently broke the news that the studio has expressed interest in a sequel, but that the decision would fall squarely on Nolan’s shoulders. One unnamed Studio rep was reportedly asked if Leonardo DiCaprio would return if the film sought trilogy status:
“Hopefully there won’t be a sequel. [The ending] definitely leaves it open for a sequel, but really you could do it with a whole new cast,”
Nolan recently stated plans to develop a video game based on the concept of Inception. However, aside from a couple of prequel comics, which further add to the story of master “extractor” Dom Cobb, there really isn’t a logical way to further explore the world of Inception on the big screen without marring the original. All of this sounds quite absurd, but it does beg the question of just how far a Hollywood studio will go to make money.
While DiCaprio may be expendable, one person would have to be back though: “You don’t have this movie if you don’t have Christopher Nolan,” a source at Warner stated. “And to make a sequel—at least a successful sequel—they would have to go bigger.” Considering the first flick is rumored to have cost $160 million, bigger also means way more expensive. “You’re only going to set yourself up for failure.”
Inception proved DiCaprio could work with someone other than Martin Scorsese, and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a true Hollywood star in the making. The film also boasted one of composer Hans Zimmer’s finest works. The question though, is does Inception need a sequel? The film ended rather ambiguously, and has since prompted heated discussion across the internet in regards to its deeper meanings. A sequel may compromise the thought-provoking, rhetorical questions fashioned throughout the original.