Christopher Nolan is unquestionably one of the most powerful directors in Hollywood, so it’s hardly surprising that his next film, Tenet, will have a budget of over $200 million.
Although it’s commonplace for franchise films to cost this much, it’s practically unheard of for an original screenplay, but given the fact that Nolan has delivered hit after hit for Warner Bros., it makes sense that they would ask him to name his price. The star power of Robert Pattinson, who will soon be playing Batman, would likely also have been a contributing factor regarding the enormous budget.
According to ERR (via World of Reel), Tenet will have a total production budget of around €200 million, which comes in at around $224 million when converted into US dollars. The scenes filmed in Estonia alone cost around €16.5 million, and will take up around twenty minutes of the final film. As soon as shooting completes in Estonia, the production will continue in a total of six other countries, including Italy, India, and the UK, so principal photography will probably not be completed for a number of weeks.
As well as Pattinson, Tenet will also star Elizabeth Debicki, Clémence Poésy, John David Washington, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, and frequent Nolan collaborator Michael Caine. Ludwig Göransson, who recently won an Oscar for his work on Black Panther, will provide the score, making Tenet one of the few Nolan films not to be scored by Hans Zimmer.
The only thing we know about so far about the plot of Tenet is that it will involve espionage, but we can uncover the mystery for ourselves when the film opens on July 17, 2020.