Warner Bros. finally sets the record straight about Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’
Finally putting to bed the theory that the upcoming Christopher Nolan film ‘Tenet‘, which has been pulled from the release schedules once more, will go straight to streaming services instead of getting a theatrical release, CEO of WarnerMedia, John Stankey has announced that not only will it NOT debut on HBO Max but also that any idea that the film would bypass cinemas completely just isn’t an option. During a conference call with senior analysts, Stankey was asked if ‘Tenet‘ and the eagerly-awaited ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ amongst other big releases for the studio would make their bows on HBO Max and he answered with regards to the tentpole releases Warner Bros. has ready:
“Is it going to happen with a movie like ‘Tenet’ or something like ‘Wonder Woman’? I’d be very surprised if that would be the case. In fact, I can assure you with ‘Tenet’, that’s not going to be the case.”
Stankey followed up the conference call with an interview with CNBC and explained why they feel they have to release ‘Tenet‘ nationwide and not in a phased release, which has been suggested about the theatre closures still in place in New York and Los Angeles with the comment:
“It needs to release nationwide. So if you have a major metropolitan area-say, Los Angeles-that’s totally out of check and you have other parts of the country that are totally in control, it doesn’t necessarily give you an option to open it in half the country. It just doesn’t work very well that way”
I firmly believe that a film like ‘Tenet‘ and a fair few of the other big releases that are (or were) upcoming HAVE to be released at the cinema and not debut on streaming services. It takes away the joy and the thrill of seeing something like these movies on the big screen. It takes away half of the impact of seeing it on TV rather than in a movie theatre. So, I stand alongside John Stankey and the other studios and their heads who are determined to have their films released in multiplexes long before they become available on streaming or home entertainment. But, with the coronavirus showing no signs of going anywhere at the moment, it may be a case of hanging on for a length of time before we get to see the films as they were intended to be seen.
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