Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet': 3 Big Challenges for Warner Bros’ $200 Million Gamble

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing WB to release Nolan’s original blockbuster in uncharted territory

With two months to go, Warner Bros. appears to be moving forward with plans to make Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending original film “Tenet” the first big studio film to hit movie theaters since the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to close worldwide. But releasing a film like “Tenet” under the shadow of a pandemic still comes with risks… and three big ones stand in Warner’s way.

Though there’s reason for optimism given Nolan’s enormous fan base (and track record), many question marks still surround the box office hopes of “Tenet.” Other would-be blockbusters still hoping to find success this summer — including Disney’s “Mulan” and Warner’s “Wonder Woman 1984” — can rely on recognizable characters to bring in audiences. But “Tenet” is an original sci-fi film that promises to be even more complex than previous Nolan head-scratchers like “Memento,” “Inception” and “Interstellar.”

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster