British-American film director Christopher Nolan broke his silence on ‘Tenet‘ release in an interview with the Los Angeles Times; and said a few things about the attitudes of film studios towards the film.
While promoting his involvement in the book ‘The Nolan Variations,’ written by Tom Shone, Nolan told of his latest movie ‘Tenet,’ starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, and Michael Caine. He said during the interview that the film would have grossed more than $350 million if the world was not suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.
“Warner Bros. released ‘Tenet,’ and I’m thrilled that it has made almost $350 million.”
The director continued by saying that the studios are drawing the wrong conclusions from the film’s release. Nolan added that the studios do not look at where the film has worked well and how that can provide them with much-needed revenue:
“They’re looking at where it hasn’t lived up to pre-COVID expectations and will start using that as an excuse to make exhibition take all the losses from the pandemic instead of getting in the game and adapting or rebuilding our business, in other words.”
Nolan then said everybody has to adapt to a new reality, and the film industry has to change like each industry in the universe due to the pandemic.
Although ‘Tenet’ grossed $347 million worldwide, more than expected ($293 million), and became the fourth highest-grossing film of 2020, it was evaluated as a huge failure. According to a report published through Variety Magazine, during its theatrical run, the producers of the film lost millions.
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