It’s been a very rocky ride for cinemas and film fans thanks to COVID-19, and there’s still a lot of doubt about whether major blockbusters will actually see their intended release dates.
One film that has continued to hold true to its original release date though is Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. This mysterious science-fiction, time-travel espionage thriller has enthralled audiences with its initial teaser and the promise of being Nolan’s biggest ever film, and the filmmaker is doing everything he can to bring the film out on time.
In a new piece in Variety, the release of Tenet is heavily dissected, and Nolan is seen as the driving force behind trying to have it released in cinemas on July 16, 2020.
This was seen in recent comments from IMAX, who are going to be a big part of the film’s release, specifically as they have a big stake in this film and it’s presentation. IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond recently discussed the film and Nolan saying, “Chris really would like to be coming out with the film that opens theaters. I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to get the theaters re-opened and to get his movie released than Chris Nolan.”
Ever since the COVID-19 crisis pretty much shut down the entire world, Christopher Nolan has been talking about how he wants to support cinemas and the moviegoing experience as much as possible. He penned a highly lauded piece in The Washington Post arguing that movie theaters represent “a vital part of social life” and must be preserved, and he’s doing everything he can to safeguard this, with the idea that Tenet would be the film to save the cinema going experience.
However it’s still very much up in the air.
As reported by Variety, we should know this week whether Warner Brothers and Roadshow Films plan to release Tenet, or whether it will be pushed out to 2021.
While there are signs that the curve is shortening, COVID-19 has left an unprecedented amount of death in its wake, and its disruption has caused plenty of fear to permeate through our society. July 16 is still over 9 weeks away, and with a proper marketing push, and a longer time in cinemas, Tenet could very much still make its way into cinemas…but there’s both domestic and international health considerations to consider, and in this uncertain time we’ve all learnt that anything can happen.
While we’re soon to go to Level 2, and cinemas will be allowed to be open, it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out. I’d be thrilled if Tenet was finally able to open and there was a safe way in which we could all view it, but as of right now it’s still very much up in the air, and we’ll be watching with baited breath to see where this all goes.
Tenet is scheduled to arrive in cinemas on July 16.
Image: Roadshow Films