‘Tenet’ finally arrives on HBO Max on May 1
Warner Bros. is finally ready to air Principle after months of trying to make it a theatrical success during the pandemic. Deadline reports the studio is bringing Christopher Nolan’s mind-blowing film at HBO Max on May 1. This is nearly a year after his theater debut originally slated for July 2020, and more than four months after he was able to buy a download.
Director Christopher Nolan is probably not thrilled with the plan. He’s long opposed simultaneous theatrical and digital releases, and hesitated when Warner said he would make all 2021 films available. simultaneously on HBO Max. He went up to call warner movement a “bait and a switch” to support HBO Max, and that movie makers found themselves working for the “worst streaming service.” It’s unclear whether Nolan is directly responsible for Warner’s insistence on a theater premiere, but he clearly prefers that route.
At the same time, the release of HBO Max is a concession to reality. While Principle finally clawed back its $ 200 million budget with a worldwide box office of $ 363 million, ticket sales were nowhere near what they would have been if the film had arrived before COVID-19 – it turns out people are not willing to risk their health just to watch in theaters. A streaming version may not match Nolan’s ideal viewing experience, but it might just bring Principle to many, many more people.