The latest trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster Tenet debuted in Fortnite’s overnight, but Epic Games have also confirming that their game will also play host to screenings of a Nolan film later this summer.
Update: We misinterpreted the statement made by Epic. Fortnite will stream “an iconic Christopher Nolan full-length feature film”, but not Tenet. Apologies for the error. We have amended this story.
The trailer has been shown on the hour, every hour since 1AM UK time, but thankfully it’s not the only place you can watch it. There’s also, you know, YouTube and stuff.
David Washington starring in an international spy triller that doesn’t feature time travel, but time manipulation and reversal. Given Nolan’s credentials, from the Dark Knight trilogy to sensational films like Inception and Interstellar, a film from him will have a huge budget and high expectations to draw audiences.
Tenet’s release in cinemas is still optimistically planned to go ahead on 17th July, with Nolan an advocate of experiencing his work in IMAX cinemas or at the very least with film and not digital projection. It seems that Warner Bros. are clearly still working to let people experience his film in his intended form – there will likely be some contractual obligation – but reality is could still come to bite.
Film studios are struggling to deal with the affect that the coronavirus pandemic is having on the ability to go outside, let alone sit shoulder to shoulder in a packed cinema. With that in mind, many have either delayed their release of their films to later in 2020 or 2021, or released their films straight to digital rental services or onto subscription streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
While Warner Bros. are sticking it out for Tenet, they have turned to Epic Games’ Fortnite for promotional events tied to the film. Where they would typically debut a new trailer in cinemas, they’ve leant on Fortnite to do so as part of the Party Royale Big Screen.
Later this summer, they will also host a full screening of a Nolan film to promote Tenet’s release, though it’s not known which film will be streamed or any other details.
Source: Epic Games