Despite Christoper Nolan’s time-bending epic Tenet having just been released, actor John David Washington has already began teasing a potential sequel.
The film, which was hit by severe delays amid the current coronavirus health crisis, was finally given its release by Warner Bros. who succumbed to handing the blockbuster a non-traditional release without a premiere, allowing it to be screened in over 70 countries from August 26th amid socially distancing regulations.
The film, described by Far Out as “frustrating time travel enigma”, sees John David Washington star alongside Robert Pattinson as spies who are trying to prevent World War III through the use of time inversion. It is promising a host of incredible moments, as Nolan looked to raise his already high bar with the film being muted as his most recent mega-money project.
“Tenet’s central premise shows scintillating promise but deflates due to the pressure of its over-inflated self-worth. It’s a simple enough idea, dressed up with so much scientific jargon that the original concept becomes lost,” Far Out’s review stated. “Much like many of Nolan’s films, the key concept here is the theme of ‘time’, and specifically time inversion. Its basics are simple enough to understand and are nicely summarised in an exchange between a government scientist and the lead ‘protagonist’ (his actual character name) played by John David Washington. The scientist turns to him and says: ‘Don’t try to understand it, feel it’.”
Despite that premise, Nolan fans have lapped up the film and have been flocking to cinemas around the globe at a safe distance. Now, with the future of the project still unknown, Washington has been discussing potential Tenet follow-ups: “In my mind, that’s a yes!” he told Esquire when asked about a possible second film. “We will be doing this again, we’ll see you in a couple of years,” he added, comically.
“In reality, I don’t know. Chris does what he wants,” he added, taking a more serious approach. “Maybe he has something that he’s developed for years that he wants to do next, maybe he’s been inspired by something else he sees and wants to do that, I don’t know.”
He added: “I hope we get to do it again, I hope we get to explore more, because I think we found something really unique.”