As part of our ongoing effort to so enthusiastically cover every miniscule detail of The Dark Knight Rises until our excitement for the film becomes self-aware, here’s the latest on the movie’s script: It’s supposed to be done Monday. Actually the way Chris Nolan tells it, his script is due Monday or “he’s in big trouble”.

This latest update comes to you from reporter David S. Cohen who says he spoke to Nolan and got the update. I feel confident in saying that he won’t be in “big trouble” at all and that things being what they are with his career right now, he can pretty much turn in whatever he wants whenever he wants, as long as it says The Dark Knight Rises on the cover everyone at Warner Bros. will be pretty happy. The guy can do what he wants.

Still it’s worth knowing that, whether he turns it in on Monday or not, The Dark Knight Rises script is close to completion. Chris Nolan is writing it with his brother Jonathan Nolan and since they wrote The Dark Knight together you can be confident that it’ll be brilliant. It doesn’t hurt that Chris sounds genuinely excited to be back at work on Batman. If you read his most recent interview in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, he talks a little about how following up an original project like Inception with another entry in an established franchise was the perfect move for him. Unlike say, Sam Raimi, who only did Spider-Man 3 begrudgingly and under heavy interference from the studio, Nolan’s raring to go and Warner Bros. is willing to let him do pretty much whatever he wants. This will be good.
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