TV and Showbiz / 08-05-2020

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Can Christopher Nolan's new picture top the Box Office when cinemas re-open?

Christopher Nolan wants his spectacular looking new picture Tenet to be the first film audiences see when cinemas reopen.

Nolan is the film world’s number one proponent of the big-screen experience (though Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes are up there, too, in my view). In fact, his mantra seems to be the bigger, the better.

Before the pandemic struck, I’d seen the two-minute trailer for Tenet — a time-bending mega-thriller starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine — a dozen times on Imax screens in Los Angeles, New York and London. Not to mention more times on my iPhone than is probably healthy.

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Can Christopher Nolan's new picture top the Box Office when cinemas re-open?

The plot focuses on Washington, an intelligence operative who can anticipate events that haven’t occurred yet. His number one task is to prevent World War III

Last year, in what seems now like another age, Nolan’s film staked out a release date of July 17. The director has held his ground for it to go out on screens on that date — or this summer, at least. 

I was doubtful, as I was last week about the chances of the new Bond movie No Time To Die coming out in November.

But this week there was a glimmer of hope. Cinema owners and studios have been working with the culture department with the aim of opening cinemas in the UK in late June.

Christopher Nolan wants his spectacular looking new picture Tenet to be the first film audiences see when cinemas reopen. Robert Pattinson is pictured above with David Washington

Anne Hathaway is pictured above with Matthew McConaughey in 2014's Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan

It’s a fluid situation, so no one really knows if it will happen. But with the right safeguards in place, pertaining to social distancing and ensuring that auditoriums are kept scrupulously clean, there is hope they could reopen by the summer. 

A lot depends on what Boris Johnson says in his televised statement to the nation on Sunday. 

But the economic model for cinemas is better placed than live theatre for a return to something resembling normal. Multiple screens could stagger their times — which would help cut queues — while venues could perhaps open earlier; and close later.

Much will depend on the numbers of new cases of the virus — and whether folks feel comfortable about mingling with others in large venues after lockdown.

Nolan, pictured, is the film world’s number one proponent of the big-screen experience (though Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes are up there, too, in my view). In fact, his mantra seems to be the bigger, the better

Nolan shot Tenet some time ago and will continue to work on it, as is his habit, until he has to deliver it. 

(I’ve discovered that it’s amazing what can be accomplished remotely in post-production.)

The plot focuses on Washington, an intelligence operative who can anticipate events that haven’t occurred yet. 

His number one task is to prevent World War III.

The director, famous for classics such as Dunkirk, the Batman trilogy, Inception and Interstellar, sees Tenet as pivotal in the push to entice people back to our cathedrals of light and dark. 

And it’s significant that Warner Bros have not yet changed the date for its opening. 

But there’s no doubt they will, if they have to.

The director, famous for classics such as Dunkirk, above, the Batman trilogy, Inception and Interstellar, sees Tenet as pivotal in the push to entice people back to our cathedrals of light and dark.



08-05-2020 03:45, source: dailymail, by James Foster
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