Looks like Warner Bros. weren’t kidding when they announced Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Tenet as an event film. If a recent rumor is to be believed, Nolan is planning an ambitious action sequence in Tenet, one that will see a tank ride through a tram. Norway blog Delfi reports that the said sequence is intended to be filmed between June 29-30 and the production is scouting background extras for the same.
While this certainly looks huge, it wouldn’t be something out of the ordinary for Nolan to do. He did have an audacious introduction for Bane in The Dark Knight Rises as well as a freight train wreaking havoc ramming through cars on the streets of a city in Inception. Also, a tank riding through a truck is something that’s been attempted in the James Bond movie Goldeneye as early as 1995, so it doesn’t seem out of the realm of plausibility for this to be an actual set piece.
Having said that, there’s been a lot of talk about the production of Tenet coming out, not all of it being positive. The point being, with so many articles pouring out of Estonian media, it’s hard to trust things in their entirety so take this rumor with a moderate grain of salt for now. There were also recent rumors about Tenet being budgeted at a huge $225 – $250 million but again, those appear dubious at the moment, which is why I haven’t run that story yet. About the said sequence, it’s unclear if Robert Pattinson will be riding the tank or if it will be manned at all.
An additional detail to arrive out of the leaks is the working title. Apparently, Tenet is going by the working title of Merry-Go-Round which is an interesting allusion to the movie’s palindrome title. It would be nifty and interesting if the movie’s narrative structure was designed in a way that it could be watched from beginning to end or in reverse. Technically, the edit of Memento would make for a nice fit for Tenet.
Tenet has been filming in some capacity in Tallinn, Estonia. It’s been facing road closure issues surrounding Laagna Tee in Tallinn, although that issue may be on its way to being resolved. There’s no word on what its plot entails but recent rumors suggest it could be inspired partly by the 2002 Moscow Hostage Crisis; once again, exercise caution when choosing to believe the rumors. With seven countries involved, filming could last all the way till December.
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. Check out our Appocalypse Hub for Tenet to devour all news about the movie.