What Is Tenet’s Budget?

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet continues to be anticipated in droves and shrouded in secrecy. And this is despite the release of a theatrical teaser, an IMAX prologue and a full-length trailer that combined, give away more than 6 to 8 minutes of footage from the film. As if the mystery around the plot isn’t enough, there’s a parallel confusion circulating about the budget of Tenet.

As Nolan fans would recall, a while back, when the film had commenced principal photography, reports had surfaced that Christopher Nolan’s Tenet had a production budget of $225 million. That number recently gained further traction when Variety carried a story citing the figure as budget rather nonchalantly, leading everyone to take it as gospel.

Fellow publication Collider ran its own independent investigation and came up with a slightly more conservative estimate of $205 million. This led to two distinct budget values until Variety seemingly went back and updated their story to state $205 million.

So which is it? As of now, it’s safe to assume the budget of Nolan’s Tenet is somewhere north of $200 million. And that’s still an insanely expensive production given that Nolan made Inception that cost $160 million, Interstellar that similarly cost $165 million. Considering how those movies turned out, one can only imagine the insanity that Nolan has in store for Tenet. If reports of some sequences are to be believed, we’re in for some terrific practical action.

There’s also the recent rumor of Tenet being an Inception sequel to consider. If true, that could justify the $200 million to some extent. Regardless, it wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility to consider Warner Bros. handing over $200 million to a director like Nolan to create an original, event film evolving from the world of international espionage. This is most certainly the closest we’ll come to Nolan’s interpretation of a James Bond, if he ever got a chance to tackle 007.

Tenet releases in theaters next year, on July 17, 2020. It is written and directed by Christopher Nolan and stars John David-Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Clemence Poesy, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Dimple Kapadia with Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine. Nolan will produce with his partner Emma Thomas with the film being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Follow our Appocalypse Hub for Tenet to stay updated on all the latest news and set photos about the movie or hit the Like button below to get all the news directly in your Facebook Feed.