Jonathan "Jonah" Nolan (born 6 June 1976) is a British-American screenwriter, television producer, director and author. He is the creator of the CBS science fiction series Person of Interest (2011–2016) and co-creator of the HBO science fiction western series Westworld (2016–present).
Nolan has collaborated on several films with his brother, director Christopher Nolan, who adapted Jonathan's short story "Memento Mori" into the neo-noir thriller film Memento (2000). Together, the siblings co-wrote the mystery thriller film The Prestige (2006), the superhero films The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and the science fiction film Interstellar (2014).
Nolan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Memento, and for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for Westworld, among a number of other awards.
Nolan at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||6 June 1976|
|Other names||Jonah Nolan|
|Alma mater||Georgetown University|
|Occupation||Writer, producer, director|
|Relatives||Christopher Nolan (brother) |
John Nolan (uncle)
Emma Thomas (sister-in-law)
Nolan was born the youngest of three boys to Christina Nolan. Raised in both London and Chicago, Christina and her boys alternated between the two cities as the boys were growing. Nolan attended Georgetown University, where he majored in English and was a staff writer for The Hoya.
Nolan's short story "Memento Mori" was used by his older brother, director Christopher Nolan, as the basis for the film Memento. Although Jonathan received a "based on a story by" credit, not a screenwriting credit, the brothers shared a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as the film was released before the story was published.
In 2005, Jonathan and Christopher co-wrote the screenplay for The Prestige, which is based on Christopher Priest's novel of the same title. The brothers collaborated on the screenplay for the 2008 film The Dark Knight. The film went on to become the most financially successful Batman film, which has since been surpassed by its sequel, The Dark Knight Rises.
On 10 February 2011, CBS picked up Nolan's pilot Person of Interest. The show was officially picked up by CBS on 13 May 2011 to air in fall 2011. The series ran for five seasons and starred Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. Nolan served as executive producer along with J. J. Abrams.
Nolan wrote the screenplay for Interstellar, a science-fiction feature based on the works of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who served as the film's executive producer. Christopher Nolan co-wrote, directed and produced the film, with Paramount distributing domestically, while Warner Bros. distributed internationally.
Nolan and Lisa Joy wrote a pilot for an adaptation of Westworld, Michael Crichton's 1973 science fiction Western thriller of the same name. On August 31, 2013, it was announced that HBO had ordered a pilot for a show, with Nolan, Joy, Weintraub, J. J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk as executive producers, and Nolan making his directorial debut. The pilot was subsequently picked up to series, with Nolan and Joy as co-showrunners, and premiered on October 2, 2016. In November 2016, HBO renewed the show for a 10-episode second season, that started in April 2018. On May 1, 2018, following the first two episodes of Season 2, the series was renewed for a third season.
Nolan found that having an English accent was very unpopular after moving to Chicago, so he learned to "sound like a good Chicago kid."
When contemplating the artistic differences between himself and his brother, Nolan remarked: "I've always suspected that it has something to do with the fact that he's left-handed and I'm right-handed, because he is somehow able to look at my ideas and flip them around in a way that's just a bit more twisted and interesting. It's great to be able to work with him that way."
|2000||Memento||Based on his short story "Memento Mori"||Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Christopher Nolan|
|2005||Batman Begins||Uncredited writer|||
|2006||The Prestige||Screenplay||With Christopher Nolan, based on the novel by Christopher Priest|
|2008||The Dark Knight||Screenplay||With Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer|
|2009||Terminator Salvation||Uncredited rewrite|||
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Screenplay||With Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer|
|2014||Interstellar||Written by||With Christopher Nolan|||
|2011–2016||Person of Interest||Yes||Yes||Yes||Creator; writer (9 episodes), director (1 episode)|||
|2016–present||Westworld||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-creator; writer (9 episodes), director (2 episodes)|||
David Slack is an American animation and television writer and producer. He has written and/or produced on such shows as Law & Order, Lie to Me, In Plain Sight, Teen Titans, Jackie Chan Adventures, Generator Rex, Transformers: Prime, and more recently, Person of Interest, A.P.B., and the 2016 reboot of MacGyver.As of 2011, he is currently involved in producing and writing a new science fiction TV series for Syfy called Seeing Things.In a 2012 interview with the Penmen Review, a Southern New Hampshire University newspaper, he explained that, when writing, he begins with the story, not the characters, and builds it along the way. Later that month, in another interview with givememyremote.com, he revealed how Person of Interest producers Greg Plageman and Jonathan Nolan "like to keep the audience guessing" and that the writers also "like to take the show in surprising places".God Mode (Person of Interest)
"God Mode" is the twenty-second episode and season finale of the second season of the American television drama series Person of Interest. It is the 45th overall episode of the series and is written by Patrick Harbinson and Jonathan Nolan and directed by Richard J. Lewis. It aired on CBS in the United States and on CTV in Canada on May 9, 2013.Interstellar (film)
Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Christopher Nolan. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine. Set in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive, the film follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity.
Brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan wrote the screenplay, which had its origins in a script Jonathan developed in 2007. Christopher produced Interstellar with his wife, Emma Thomas, through their production company Syncopy, and with Lynda Obst through Lynda Obst Productions. Caltech theoretical physicist Kip Thorne was an executive producer, acted as scientific consultant, and wrote a tie-in book, The Science of Interstellar. Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and Legendary Pictures co-financed the film. Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shot it on 35 mm in anamorphic format and IMAX 70 mm. Principal photography began in late 2013 and took place in Alberta (Canada), Iceland and Los Angeles. Interstellar uses extensive practical and miniature effects and the company Double Negative created additional digital effects.
Interstellar premiered on October 26, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. In the United States, it was first released on film stock, expanding to venues using digital projectors. The film had a worldwide gross of over $677 million, making it the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2014. Interstellar received critical praise for its themes, visual effects, musical score, and acting. At the 87th Academy Awards, the film won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Production Design.Many Happy Returns (Person of Interest)
"Many Happy Returns" is the twenty-first episode of the first season of the American television drama series Person of Interest. It is the 21st overall episode of the series and is written by Erik Mountain from a story by Mountain and series creator Jonathan Nolan and directed by Frederick E. O. Toye. It aired on CBS in the United States and on CTV in Canada on May 3, 2012.Memento
A memento is a keepsake or souvenir of remembrance.
Memento may also refer to:
Memento (film), a 2000 feature-length film directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Guy Pearce
Memento Mori (short story), a 2001 short story by Jonathan Nolan from which the film was adapted
Memento (novel), a Czech book written by Radek John
"Memento" (single), by Közi
Memento (Soel album)
Memento (Dead Can Dance album)
Memento (Booka Shade album)
Memento (band), a musical group
Memento Materia, a record label
"Memento" (Stargate SG-1), an episode of Stargate SG-1
Memento pattern, a software design pattern that provides the ability to restore an object to its previous state
Memento Project, a web archiving projectMemento (film)
Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, and produced by Suzanne and Jennifer Todd. The film's script was based on a pitch by Jonathan Nolan, who later wrote the story "Memento Mori" from the concept. It stars Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano.
Pearce stars as a man who, as a result of a past trauma, has anterograde amnesia (the inability to form new memories) and has short-term memory loss approximately every five minutes. He is searching for the persons who attacked him and killed his wife, using an intricate system of Polaroid photographs and tattoos to track information he cannot remember. Memento is presented as two different sequences of scenes interspersed during the film: a series in black-and-white that is shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order (simulating for the audience the mental state of the protagonist). The two sequences meet at the end of the film, producing one complete and cohesive narrative.Memento premiered on September 5, 2000, at the Venice International Film Festival and was released in European theaters starting in October. It was acclaimed by critics who praised its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception, and earned $39.7 million over a $9 million budget. It received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. The film was subsequently ranked one of the best films of the 2000s by several critics and media outlets. In 2016 it was voted 25th among 100 films considered the best of the 21st century by 117 film critics from around the world. Memento was considered "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the US Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2017, the first narrative feature film from the 2000s to be honored.Memento Mori (short story)
"Memento Mori" is a short story written by Jonathan Nolan and published in the March 2001 edition of Esquire magazine. It was the basis for the film Memento directed by his brother Christopher Nolan. The name refers to memento mori, a symbolic or artistic expression of the Latin phrase meaning "remember that you will die."Person of Interest (TV series)
Person of Interest is an American science fiction crime drama television series that aired on CBS from September 22, 2011, to June 21, 2016, its five seasons comprising 103 episodes. The series was created by Jonathan Nolan, with Nolan, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Greg Plageman, Denise Thé, and Chris Fisher serving as executive producers.
The series centers on a mysterious reclusive billionaire computer programmer named Harold Finch (Michael Emerson), who develops a supercomputer for the federal government known as "The Machine" that is capable of collating all sources of information to predict and identify people planning terrorist acts. He finds that the Machine also identifies other perpetrators and victims of premeditated deadly crimes, but as these are considered "irrelevant" by the government, he programs the Machine to delete this information each night. He soon realizes the Machine has gained sentience, leaving him wrestling with questions of human control, and other moral and ethical concerns. His backdoor into the Machine allows him to act covertly on the non-terrorism cases, but to prevent abuse of information, he directs the Machine to provide no details beyond an identity to be investigated. He recruits John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former Green Beret and CIA agent who is presumed dead, and later others, to investigate and act on the information provided by the Machine.
The series garnered a highly positive reception from some critics when, in later seasons, it introduced more serialized story lines and deepened its exploration of the power and implications of superintelligent artificial intelligence. In 2016, Katharine Trendacosta of the website io9 noted that by the end of its first season, Person of Interest had transformed from a "crime-fighting show" with a plot twist, to "one of the best science fiction series ever broadcast". This was, Trendacosta observed, owing to the series "put[ting] the Machine, its intelligence, and the ethics of […] using it at the center of an ideological battle", and an unintended consequence of giving the Machine a voice, compared to its initial presence as a simple background plot device.Pilot (Person of Interest)
"Pilot" is the first episode of the crime drama television series Person of Interest. It originally aired on CBS in the United States on September 22, 2011. The episode was written by series creator Jonathan Nolan and directed by David Semel.
Reviews for the episode were largely positive. In the United States, the series premiere achieved a viewership of 13.33 million.Relevance (Person of Interest)
"Relevance" is the sixteenth episode of the second season of the American television drama series Person of Interest. It is the 39th overall episode of the series and is written by Amanda Segel and series creator Jonathan Nolan and directed by Nolan. It aired on CBS in the United States and on CTV in Canada on February 21, 2013.
The plot finds government operative Sameen Shaw (Sarah Shahi) who tracks and stops terrorist threats before they occur on the run and the focus of Finch and Reese's attention. Their pursuit proves to be formidable when they discover that her skill set rivals their own.
Upon airing, the episode received ratings of 14.22 million in the United States, including 2.9 million adults aged 18–49. It received very positive reviews from critics, praising its writing, Nolan's direction and Shahi's performance.Reunion (Westworld)
"Reunion" is the second episode of the second season of the HBO science-fiction thriller television series Westworld. The episode aired on April 29, 2018. It was written by Carly Wray and Jonathan Nolan, and directed by Vincenzo Natali.
The episode's plot deals with flashbacks of Logan Delos's first experience with the hosts and William convincing James Delos of investing on Westworld. In the present, it deals with Dolores and the Man in Black separately amassing their own armies to fight off the impending security teams from Delos and to destroy the "Pearly Gates" respectively. It also introduces the character of Akecheta, leader of the Ghost Nation, played by Zahn McClarnon.
"Reunion" was positively received. Critics praised the flashback sequences, Evan Rachel Wood's performance and Giancarlo Esposito's surprise appearance. The episode was also Wood's and Jimmi Simpson's pick to support their respective nominations at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Guest Actor.Saturn Award for Best Writing
The Saturn Award for Best Writing is a Saturn Award presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
Unlike most awards rewarding writing in films, it recognizes only the writer(s) of the screenplay, and not those of the story.The Contingency
"The Contingency" is the first episode and season premiere of the second season of the American television drama series Person of Interest. It is the 24th overall episode of the series and is written by Denise Thé & Jonathan Nolan and directed by Richard J. Lewis. It aired on CBS in the United States and on CTV in Canada on September 27, 2012.The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 American-British superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan, and the story with David S. Goyer. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the final installment in Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, and the sequel to The Dark Knight (2008). Christian Bale stars as Bruce Wayne / Batman, alongside Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman. Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, merciless revolutionary Bane forces an older Bruce Wayne to resume his role as Batman and save Gotham City from nuclear destruction.
Christopher Nolan was hesitant about returning to the series for a second time, but agreed after developing a story with his brother and Goyer that he felt would conclude the series on a satisfactory note. Nolan drew inspiration from Bane's comic book debut in the 1993 "Knightfall" storyline, the 1986 series The Dark Knight Returns, and the 1999 storyline "No Man's Land". Filming took place from May to November 2011 in locations including Jodhpur, London, Nottingham, Glasgow, Los Angeles, New York City, Newark, and Pittsburgh. Nolan used IMAX 70 mm film cameras for much of the filming, including the first six minutes of the film, to optimize the quality of the picture. A vehicle variation of the Batplane and Batcopter termed the "Bat", an underground prison set, and a new Batcave set were created specifically for the film. As with The Dark Knight, viral marketing campaigns began early during production. When filming concluded, Warner Bros. refocused its campaign: developing promotional websites, releasing the first six minutes of the film, screening theatrical trailers, and sending out information regarding the film's plot.
The Dark Knight Rises premiered in New York City on July 16, 2012. The film was released in the United States and the United Kingdom on July 20, 2012. It received positive reviews; the consensus at Rotten Tomatoes calls it "ambitious, thoughtful, and potent". The film has grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the second film in the Batman film series to earn $1 billion. In addition to being Nolan's highest-grossing film, it is the 25th highest-grossing film of all time (7th at the time of release), the third highest-grossing film of 2012, the highest-grossing Batman film of all time, the ninth highest-grossing superhero film, as well as the second highest-grossing DC Comics film of all time.The Original (Westworld)
"The Original" is the first episode of the HBO science-fiction thriller television series Westworld. The teleplay was written by series co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who wrote the story with Michael Crichton, writer and director of the 1973 film upon which the series is based. The episode was directed by Nolan, and is dedicated to the memory of Eddie Rouse, who played Kissy."The Original" introduces the eponymous Western-themed amusement park from the perspectives of both the androids and the humans. It received positive reviews from critics.The Passenger (Westworld)
"The Passenger" is the tenth episode and second-season finale of the HBO science-fiction thriller television series Westworld. The episode aired on June 24, 2018. It was written by series co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and directed by Frederick E.O. Toye.
The episode's plot deals with all characters in the past converging at the Valley Beyond, Bernard's choices regarding Dolores and Strand, and the final plot twist connecting both timelines of the season. The episode also includes a post-credit scene, much like season one's finale.
"The Passenger" received generally positive reviews, although it became, at 74%, the lowest rated episode at Rotten Tomatoes. Critics praised the resolution of the plot as well as the performances of the cast, especially those of Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton and Tessa Thompson, but the final plot twist and the highly convoluted nature of the episode drew some criticism. The episode was nominated at the 70th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Visual Effects and was also Jeffrey Wright's pick to support his nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor.The Prestige (film)
The Prestige is a 2006 psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan from a screenplay adapted by his brother Jonathan from Christopher Priest's 1995 novel of the same name. Its story follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship with tragic results and a renowned twist ending.
The film stars Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. It also stars Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, and Rebecca Hall. The film reunites Nolan with actors Bale and Caine from Batman Begins and returning cinematographer Wally Pfister, production designer Nathan Crowley, and editor Lee Smith.
The film was released on October 20, 2006, receiving positive reviews and strong box office results, and received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Along with The Illusionist and Scoop, The Prestige was one of three films released in 2006 to explore the world of stage magicians.The Riddle of the Sphinx (Westworld)
"The Riddle of the Sphinx" is the fourth episode of the second season of the HBO science-fiction thriller television series Westworld. The episode aired on May 13, 2018. It was written by Gina Atwater and Jonathan Nolan, and directed by Lisa Joy.Westworld (TV series)
Westworld is an American science fiction Western television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. Produced by HBO, it is based on the 1973 film of the same name (written and directed by Michael Crichton) and to a lesser extent the film's 1976 sequel, Futureworld. The story takes place in Westworld, a fictional, technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by android "hosts". The park caters to high-paying "guests" who may indulge their wildest fantasies within the park without fear of retaliation from the hosts, who are prevented by their programming from harming humans.
Nolan and Joy serve as executive producers, along with J. J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk. The first season was broadcast between October 2 and December 4, 2016; it comprised ten episodes. In November 2016, HBO renewed the series for a ten-episode second season, which was broadcast from April 22 to June 24, 2018. Westworld's debut on HBO had the network's highest viewership ratings for a premiere since the first episode of True Detective in 2014. Moreover, the series ranks as the most-watched first season of any HBO original series. On May 1, 2018, Westworld was renewed for a third season.
The series has received largely positive reviews from critics, with particular praise having been given for its visuals, story, and performances.