'Tenet' will open in Malaysia on Aug 27, ahead of US

'Tenet' will debut internationally starting on Aug 26 before opening in select cities in the United States on Sept 3. Photo: Warner Bros

Tenet, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller, is scheduled to open in Malaysia on Aug 27. Local distributor Warner Bros Malaysia confirmed this.

Variety reported on July 27 that Tenet will debut at the end of August in 70 territories including Australia, Canada, France, German, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia and Britain. And that the film will be shown in certain cities in the United States on Sept 3.

The news comes after Warner Bros said on July 20 that Tenet would not have a traditional global day-and-date release.

This is because Nolan and Warner Bros are keen to showcase the film at markets where cinemas have already started operating again.

However, the Variety report also pointed out that not opening simultaneously worldwide is a risky move as the plot to Nolan's film is not known. Nothing else other than the cast list and that the characters can "inverse" time have been revealed so far.

Spoilers and piracy are two major problems that could occur from staggered release.

Despite the risks, this is a welcomed move.

As proven by Train To Busan: Peninsula, the South Korea zombie flick that has been raking in the numbers at the box office in Asia, audiences are willing to return to cinemas.

Peninsula sits at the top of Malaysian box office; the film has earned RM6.8mil in 12 days.

Meanwhile, Mulan is still postponed indefinitely as of now.

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