LOS ANGELES (AP) – With coronavirus cases appearing, Warner Bros. postponed the release of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” on Thursday, further delaying the start of the Hollywood summer.
The science fiction thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson will air from July 31 to August 12 on a Wednesday. In a statement, the study emphasized the need for flexibility.
“We are choosing to open the movie midweek to allow audiences to discover the movie on their own time, and we plan to play longer, during an extended replay period beyond the norm, to develop a very different release strategy but successful, “a Warner Bros. spokesman said in a statement.
Movie theaters had been pinning their hopes on the film as a major July premiere that could take audiences to theaters.
Warner Bros. had planned to re-launch Nolan’s 2010 box office hit “Inception” in early July as a way to lead “Tenet.” “Inception” will now open on July 31, the study said.
Movie theater chains had planned the widespread reopening of theaters in part around the return of new releases like Disney’s “Tenet” and “Mulan.” The latter is scheduled for July 24, but is also expected to be postponed again. Disneyland in California also delayed its reopening on Wednesday.
With the increase in reported cases of COVID-19 in Texas, Arizona, Florida and elsewhere, previous plans to restart cinema nationwide in mid-July became uncertain. On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York would delay the reopening of theaters while continuing to investigate the safety of indoor air-conditioned venues.