His previous five films have each grossed in excess of $500 million worldwide with two of them crossing the eye popping $1 billion mark. More than economics, what appeals the most about this ace director is the fact that in an era when Hollywood is defined by its superhero flicks, this man has dared to think and make originals. In the past 15 years, his films have earned 32 Oscar nominations and have won 10 out of those. He is Christopher Nolan.
The maverick director is again in news with his upcoming flick Tenet which most believe might just be the antidote to save theatres across the world amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest communique from Warner Brothers has Tenet missing from its release schedule. The release date of the film has now been pushed indefinitely after it was thrice scheduled for 17th July, 31st July and 12th August. But with the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of receding, it seems, this time the wait would be longer.
Since the time Tenet saw its trailer launch on the popular online game Fortnite, a lot has been written about Nolan’s labour of love which has been five years in making. Entertainment portals and magazines are rife with speculations about the plot of the film but no one has cracked the guessing game. Most believe that the film is a time travel international espionage drama while there is also a section that’s convinced that it’s a sequel to Inception. Based on quotes of Nolan that have appeared recently in various film magazines, its apparent that it is none of these. So what is the plot of the Tenet? The simple answer is no one knows except Nolan, not even the crew.
Nolan’s ambitions with Tenet
Touted as Nolan’s most ambitious film project, there are certain things which definitely make Tenet a remarkable film in its own way. Nolan filmed Tenet while keeping its storyline under lock and key. He personally hand delivered scripts to Kenneth Branagh and Sir Michael Caine while Robert Pattinson was called to his office to read the script and once he was done the script was taken back. It must be noted here that Nolan’s lucky charm, Sir Michael Caine was given only his portion and not the entire script. In an interview to USA Today, Robert Pattinson had revealed that he was locked in a room to read the script. His only comment about the script was that the plot is unreal.
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The entire film was shot with the working title of Merry Go Round just to make things more secure. Tenet marks new associations for Nolan who believes in repeating his crew members. Nolan shares an excellent rapport with composer Hans Zimmer and since 2005, Zimmer has been part of every Christopher Nolan film. The journey has helped him bag three Academy Awards nomination for Inception, Interstellar and Dunkirk. But for Tenet, Nolan moved to Ludwig Goransson who has films like Black Panther, Venom and the Disney series The Mandalorian to his credit. It is believed that Zimmer passed on the offer as he was busy composing music for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, which he considers as his favourite book. Goransson’s name was recommended by none other than Zimmer.
Tenet marks new associations for Nolan who believes in repeating his crew members.
The film also marks the entry of cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema. Hoyte comes in place of Wally Pfister who had captured The Dark Knight trilogy. To edit the film, Nolan resorted to Jennifer Lame, a known name in the indie film circuit. Jennifer has previously edited films like Manchester by the Sea and Hereditary. She comes in place of Lee Smith who shared a long association with Nolan since Batman Begins. But the biggest coup for Nolan’s fans is definitely visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson. The VFX of Mad Max: Fury Road was supervised by Andrew and this is his second collaboration with the master filmmaker.
Nolan’s cinematic rituals
Nolan believes in the ritual of showing old films to his crew members before the commencement of shooting of his films just for mood setting but for Tenet, he showed none to his crew. He wanted his crew to work from memory and a feeling of spy genre, is what he told Total Film.
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Blowing up expensive cars in Hollywood films have now become commonplace but with Tenet, viewers will get to see a life-size aeroplane being blown to smithereens for the first time. In an interview to Total Film magazine, Nolan has revealed that buying a plane for the scene was never on the cards, but the economics of doing the same through CG was far more expensive than buying an actual plane. While scouting for location in Victorville, Texas, the crew chanced upon an area that had many used old planes and a plane was sourced out. The bombing of the plane sequence will appear quite early in the film.
Buying a plane was never on the cards, but the economics of doing the same through CG was far more expensive than buying an actual plane.Christopher Nolan on Tenet
It’s also a first for a Nolan film that the film was shot in seven countries. None of Nolan’s previous films had so many locations. Out of an estimated budget of 200 million dollars, some 19 million dollars were spent alone on the portions that were shot in Estonia. Other locations of the film include Italy, India, UK, Denmark, Norway and USA. A lot is at stake for producers of Tenet with uncertainty at every stage amid the pandemic but with Nolan at the helm it could safely be assumed that this supposedly thrilling ride is worth the wait.