For those in Los Angeles who have been avoiding heading to an indoor theater to see the latest Christopher Nolan blockbuster due to the safety concerns, the wait has paid off as Tenet is coming to select drive-in theaters in the Southern California region, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The decision to screen the film at drive-ins comes on the heels of the revelation at the end of August that Warner Bros. had issued a mandate to exhibitors that it would only be releasing the film in drive-ins in areas in which indoor theaters were also open, therefore if state or local governments were keeping indoor theaters closed, the local drive-ins would not be allowed to show Tenet.
With indoor theaters currently closed in the greater LA area, it’s unclear why WB is reversing their decision on the mandate. It could come from the studio’s hope to make back its money on the film sooner, given it’s Nolan’s most expensive original film to date with a $200 million budget, or just from WB’s desire to bring the film to LA audiences, who are one of the groups that are pretty instrumental in Nolan’s box office hits, but no matter the case this proves to be an exciting revelation for SoCal audiences.
Tenet is an international espionage thriller filmed across seven countries. John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) stars, with a supporting cast that includes Robert Pattinson (Good Time), Elizabeth Debicki (Widows), Dimple Kapadia (Fugly), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises) and Kenneth Branagh (Dunkirk).
Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist (Washington) journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real-time. Not time travel. Inversion.
The director first made an impact in 2001 with his indie film Memento. His next film, Insomnia, was also a modest hit. but it wasn’t until Batman Begins hit theaters in 2005 that Nolan became a box office force in his own right. The Prestige was Nolan’s last movie to gross under $200 million worldwide. His other films include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk.
Tenet is written by Nolan and will utilize a mixture of IMAX and 70mm film, which is something he’s become famous for. Nolan is the film producer along with his partner Emma Thomas.