Scott Derrickson Doesn’t Want You to See ‘Tenet’ in Theaters

Scott Derrickson Doesn’t Want You to See ‘Tenet’ in Theaters

In an odd coincidence, Scott Derrickson (director of Doctor Strange and Sinister) issued a tweet to all his followers telling them not see to Tenet in theaters.

Of course, the guy makes a living from people seeing his movies, so he wasn’t wishing Christopher Nolan’s eagerly anticipated movie to flop. Rather, his concern was a COVID-19 cootie getting in your popcorn.

At least he waxed political and gave a shout out to his “fellow Americans,” right?

Let’s see how Scott Derrickson got this conversation gaining steam.

Something “Strange” This Way Comes

Scott Derrickson on the Dr. Strange set, still wanting people to go to the movies.
Credit: Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios

(You’re welcome for the play-on-words. I’ll be here all week.)

Understanding he may be crossing a line of studio business etiquette, Scott Derrickson issued the safety tweet anyway. He understands what the rest of us realize — the Tenet premiere is the tentpole event to gauge if people really want to go back to the theaters.

However, there are many people who have been outspoken about going back to the theaters too soon. Scott Derrickson is among that group. He even went so far as to share a link from The A.V. Club that featured disease experts agreeing with him.

Short of renting out an entire theater, which is obviously not an option for most of us, there is no scenario in which going to a movie theater is a good idea.

Dr. Anne W. Rimoin, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center For Global And Immigrant Health at the University Of California, Los Angeles.

That’s some powerful and convincing rhetoric for those who have already purchased Tenet tickets and salivating for the chance to park their butts back in pleather recliners. However, there is the camp opposite Scott Derrickson who can’t wait for theaters to open their doors, being led by (who else), Christopher Nolan.

“Chris really would like to be coming out with the film that opens theaters. I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to get the theaters re-opened and to get his movie released than Chris Nolan.”

Imax CEO Richard Gelfond via Variety, Apr 2020

Should I Stay or Should I Go

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There is a viable argument for either side of this tumultuous discord. We need the movies. Entertainment matters more than ever these days, but is it really safe? It’s hard to trust Hollywood.

Christopher Nolan wants you to go because his movie has been delayed a half-dozen times, so naturally, dude wants his payday. Scott Derrickson doesn’t have anything really cooking until 2022 when the Doctor Strange sequel hits theaters.

Regardless, Scott Derrickson took it upon himself to warn the masses, and when you read warnings like this, he has valid reason to do so:

From what we understand, the virus is transmitted through through aerosolized droplets that come out of our mouths, oftentimes when we talk or when we laugh or when we sing. And so, being in a room for two hours with a bunch of folks who are laughing at a movie, and where air is not being circulated in an efficient way, and where you don’t know who has been in there before you, that’s really hazardous exposure. I just don’t think it’s worth it.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, physician, epidemiologist, and former Los angeles city health commissioner

Do you think it’s worth it? If you have a mask and gloves and aren’t sitting around anyone, is it safe? I guess when Nolan gets his way, we’ll soon see. And if a Coronavirus spikes in the midst of the premiers, I’m sure we’ll see something from Derrickson as well.


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