|(NOT) SHOWING AT CINEMAS THIS SUMMER
In a normal world, most of us would’ve gone to the cinema this weekend to watch Christopher Nolan’s latest extravaganza, Tenet.
The star-studded thriller was initially slated for release on 17 July but that date was pushed back to 31 July – and now Warner Bros. has delayed the premiere to 12 August.
Will Tenet actually come out before September, or is autumn/winter a safer bet? No one in Hollywood really knows at this stage. Weirdly, the film’s release is turning into a barometer of public appetite for regular, group activities – albeit with face masks and social distancing.
Should Nolan and Warner Bros. just bite the bullet and forego cinemas for a streaming platform? Netflix and Hulu aren’t slowing down, plus HBO Max and NBC’s Peacock were launched during the health crisis. Additionally, the Oscars organisers changed eligibility rules to allow VOD movies in the 2021 Academy Awards.
Or, should we wait patiently to give Tenet the big screen treatment it deserves? After all, Nolan is an auteur who’s delivered Memento, The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception etc. And, of course, there’s the matter of money – Tenet‘s budget is north of the US$200 million mark.
Fellow movie fans, what do you think is the best option?