Wednesday, May 5, 2021

‘Tenet’ to Play at 5 Los Angeles Area Drive-Ins

*Christopher Nolan’s fans in Los Angeles who are apprehensive about visiting indoor cinemas (when they reopen) amid the COVID-19 pandemic will now have the option of seeing “Tenet” at drive-in theaters

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. previously said the $200 million espionage epic wouldn’t play in markets where indoor moviegoing is still prohibited, such as Los Angeles and New York City. However, with news that indoor cinemas in Orange County can now reopen, the studio is giving fans on the West Coast what they want. 

By Friday, “Tenet” will be playing in five drive-ins in the greater Los Angeles area, as well as outdoor venues in Orange County, San Diego and the Bay Area, per THR.

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The film was originally slated to open on July 17. Then it was pushed to July 31 due to movie theater closures. Warner Bros. delayed the film again until Aug. 12. Then word came that the film had been pushed indefinitely.

“Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theater partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen,” Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement The Hollywood Reporter.

“We are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that,” he said.

“Tenet” stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson as two agents trained to stop World War III. The rest of the plot is on the low-low, but Nolan has described the movie as “an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.”

“We’re jumping off from the point of view of an espionage film, but we’re going to a number of different places,” Nolan told Entertainment Weekly in December. “We’re crossing a few different genres in a hopefully exciting and fresh way. [Producer] Emma [Thomas] and I have put together a lot of large-scale productions, but this is certainly the biggest in terms of international reach.”

He added, “We shot in seven countries, all over the place, with a massive cast and huge set pieces. There’s no question, it’s the most ambitious film we’ve made.”

The “Inception” director also called Washington “very much the hero” of the film.

“He’s a massively talented actor and physically gifted,” he added. “He’s an athlete and pretty hard for anybody to keep up with, including the different vehicles we shot him from — cars and helicopters. This guy moves.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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