Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has been delayed once more from July 31 to August 12 due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.
As reported by THR, Warner Bros. announced the shift and that it will be releasing the film on a Wednesday to “allow audiences to discover the film in their own time.”
“Warner Bros. is committed to bringing Tenet to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time. In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said. “We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy.”
THR also reports that Disney is expected to move Mulan’s July 24 release date. Disney has already postponed Disneyland’s planned reopening of July 17 as the state of California will not offer guidelines for reopening themeparks until July 4.
Sources have said that WB and Nolan are “taking their cues from the exhibition community in pushing the film to Aug. 12, a Wednesday.”
Nolan had reportedly been very adamant in his desire to have this upcoming time-bending espionage thriller open in theaters in July, while Warner Bros. was a bit more cautious and wanted to push back the date.
WB has also confirmed that the 10th Anniversary re-release of Inception has been moved from July 17 to July 31, so fans of Nolan will be able to see one of his films if that date holds.
With this new surge, theaters in cities like Los Angeles and New York City may also delay their planned July 10 reopening plans, as there may not be any big movies to draw guests back to the theater.
While the wait may be a bit longer for Tenet, be sure to check out Nolan’s comments on why it was easier to blow up a real jumbo jet than use VFX and read star John David Washington’s comments on how the movie’s plot even confused the cast.
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