If and when Chris Nolan manages to adapt Michael Drosnin‘s Citizen Hughes, a history of Howard Hughes‘ reclusive, obsessive-compulsive years, it will be, at best, a commercial disappointment if not a failure. Double guaranteed. Vulture has reported that Nolan wants to film the biopic in late 2012 for a 2014 release.

Nolan wants to do this, I’m presuming, because (a) for whatever perverse reason he personally relates (like Warren Beatty did before him) to Hughes’ Las Vegas agorophobe phase, and (b) he feels artistically watered down and corporately poisoned from working on two superhero movies (directing The Dark Knight Returns, producing Zak Snyder‘s Superman film) and needs to assert his quirk weirdo side.