Speaking at a media event ahead of the Blu Ray release of Interstellar this week, Jonathan Nolan revealed that his original ending to the Interstellar script (when it was written for Spielberg, and before Christopher rewrote it) was vastly different that the filmed version. It was, as Jonathan said, less “complicated” (via CBM):
This ending saw “the Einstien-Rosen bridge [colloquially, a wormhole] collapse when Cooper tries to send the data back.”
Wait, what? That’s all he’s going to give us? So, Cooper didn’t get into the black hole, the data didn’t get back, everyone died a horrible death, and Cooper never made it back to Earth?
Kip Thorne, who handled much of the science (or the good stuff, anyway), also added this difference, which I’ve read a few times now and *makes motion of palm flying over my head*:
The gravitational anomalies that pointed Cooper and his daughter toward the remnants of NASA were initially supposed to be gravity waves emanating from the destruction of a neutron star via black hole. Since the waves could only be produced by something so catastrophic, and we know nothing like that exists in our solar system, the waves detected must be coming out of some wormhole close to us, Kip Thorne explained to the audience. (via Slashfilm)
I don’t know what that means, but Peter Sciretta over on Slashfilm did write up a post on the differences between the original Jonathan Nolan script and the rewritten one, noting this:
Cooper finally finds a way back to Earth, now in the year 2320, two hundred years after he left. The entire planet looks barren, mother nature has begun to reclaim it as her own and snow covers the farm land. Cooper finds the remnants of his old home, and lays there completely alone. An ice storm hits and Cooper stumbles outside trying to get back to the warmth of his ship. The case of the fractal lifeforms falls to the ground and smashes, the creatures take home in the snow causing it to glow. He sees his ship and ties to make his way to it, but is unable to get there — he will die in the arctic tundra of this now desolate planet alone.
In that ending, Cooper also ended up back in a hospital bed in a space station, but Murph was long gone, and it was his great-great grandson who returned to him the watch before Cooper goes back out in search of Brand, missing for 200 years.
How much fun would a rave be in a wormhole?
I want a Jello pudding pop now.