Tenet director Christopher Nolan has denied the rumours that he pushed for Warner Bros to release the film in cinemas this summer, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In a new interview, the filmmaker explained that it was actually the studio that made the decision to roll out the film in corners of the world that it had been deemed safe to do so, and that he supported the strategy even though it didn't come directly from him.
"A lot of people got to see the film. A lot of people went back to work and all the rest and were able to safely do that," Nolan told The Washington Post.
"This country is a different story. But Hollywood filmmaking is a global business. It's not an American-only business.
"I think it's very important for people to look beyond where they are sitting in the world and look at what's going on in the rest of [it] as well, and be mindful of that."
Nolan went on to say that there was no way he could have stopped Warner Bros from releasing the action-thriller and cited the recent revelation that the studio plans to launch all of its 2021 titles in cinemas and on HBO Max simultaneously next year.
"Look at what's just happened. They've just unilaterally shifted their entire distribution pattern on their slate without talking to even the financing partners," he said.
"It certainly would be nice to get back to being able to just put a film out there and promote the film in a more simple way, but the world's been very complicated for 2020, and there are people dealing with the most appalling circumstances.
"I honestly just feel very, very lucky to have been working to get to a point where we can now have people in Los Angeles, New York, other places in North America see the film."
Tenet stars John David Washington as an espionage operative known as The Protagonist, while Robert Pattinson appears as the character's colleague, Neil. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's Elizabeth Debicki, Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Harry Potter's Clémence Poésy and Sir Kenneth Branagh round out the cast.
Tenet is out on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD now.
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