Christopher Nolan’s Greatest Sci-Fi Movie Returning To Theaters

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Published

In 2020, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was meant to be released in IMAX theaters in mid-July. However, the universe had other plans, and the release was postponed due to the pandemic, eventually gaining a wide release to theaters, but not in IMAX, the way Nolan had originally intended. Now, three and half years after its initial release date, the epic sci-fi movie is getting its long-awaited IMAX release.

Tenet Returns To Theaters

The limited engagement, announced by Warner Bros. Discovery, is scheduled to commence on February 23, promising audiences the chance to experience Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending spectacle once again—this time in the way the director had envisioned. Nolan shot Tenet on 35 mm, and 70 mm film, meaning that it was intended to watch on wide screens for a more intense and immersive experience.

A Special Dune: Part Two Preview Is Part Of The Screening

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What’s more, the screenings won’t be limited to just a nostalgic revisit to Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. The re-release will include exclusive new footage from Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated Dune: Part Two, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the expansive cinematic universe of Arrakis and beyond. Dune: Part Two is set to hit theaters a week after the special screenings begin on March 1.

Chirstopher Nolan Intended Tenet For The Big Screen

Christopher Nolan expressed his excitement about the re-release, emphasizing the importance of experiencing Tenet on the grandest scale possible. He stated, “Seeing the way audiences responded to our large format presentations of Oppenheimer, I’m thrilled that Warner Bros. is giving audiences a chance to see Tenet the way it was intended to be seen, on the largest IMAX and large format film screens.”

Tenet Suffered From A Pandemic-Era Release

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Tenet, which features a stellar cast led by John David Washington, was one of the pioneering films to brave the uncertain landscape of pandemic-era cinema upon its initial release in September 2020. Despite facing challenges such as limited theater capacity and closures in major markets like Los Angeles and New York, the Christopher Nolan labyrinthine tale managed to captivate audiences with its intricate narrative and stunning visual effects.

Chirstopher Nolan Advocates For Theaeters Over Streaming

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The decision to re-release Tenet comes at a pivotal moment in movie history, especially considering the ongoing debate surrounding the theatrical experience in the wake of streaming service dominance. Christopher Nolan himself has been a vocal advocate for the cinematic experience, as evidenced by his partnership with large-format presentations like IMAX 70mm.

Directors Support Nolan

Denis Villeneuve, the visionary director behind the Dune saga, echoed Christopher Nolan’s sentiments about the immersive nature of the IMAX format. The director stated that, like Tenet, several scenes in Dune were shot for IMAX screens, and he ended up loving the 70mm film so much that he shot the entirety of Dune: Part Two in the wide format. Showing support for his fellow director, Villeneuve shared how excited he was to see Nolan’s film in theaters in the format it was filmed.

A Limited Re-Release

Unfortunately, the re-release of Christopher Nolan’s iconic movie is limited to only select cities across the country. Theaters set to screen Tenet and the sneak peek of Dune: Part Two in IMAX 70mm include iconic venues such as AMC Lincoln Square in New York, Universal CityWalk IMAX, and TCL Chinese IMAX in Los Angeles, as well as AMC Metreon in San Francisco.

Source: USA Today