‘Tenet’ Release Date Moved Again – Variety

Warner Bros. has once again delayed the release date of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet”. It is the second delay for the blockbuster blockbuster, which has been geared up to revive movie streaming after long movie closings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The film, which cost $ 200 million, was initially slated to hit theaters on July 17, but was later postponed until July 31. Now, it will launch on August 12, unless cases of the virus continue to spread rapidly across the country. and the studio no longer considers it safe to reveal a major movie at the time.

“Warner Bros. is committed to bringing ‘Tenet’ to the public in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it is time,” a Warner Bros. spokesman said in a statement. “Right now, what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this like a traditional movie release. We are choosing to open the movie in the middle of the week to allow the public to discover the movie on their own time, and we plan to play longer, during an extended game period beyond the norm, to develop a very different but successful release strategy. “

The studio has also delayed the release of Nolan’s hit sci-fi movie “Inception,” in honor of its tenth anniversary, to July 31.

The latest change for “Tenet” comes after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that movie theaters in his state would not be included in Phase 4 of the reopening. Without theaters in New York and Los Angeles back in business, the big-budget action epic will be deprived of two of the country’s largest film markets. As parts of the nation have begun to reopen, some states have seen massive spikes in infection rates. That could further derail the industry’s plans to return to the movies.

Even if multiplexes across the country can be opened to a significant degree, it’s still unclear whether the public will feel safe going back to theaters while the disease is still spreading. Exhibitors, in an effort to allay those fears, have detailed new security procedures that will help keep their theaters clean. Those efforts include increased physical distancing measures, better cleaning protocols, and limit assistance at 50% or less of capacity. Additionally, movie theater chains including AMC, Regal, and Alamo Drafthouse will require customers to wear skins.

For now, Disney’s remake “Mulan” is expected to be the first potential box office hit to open since theaters closed in March. The live-action adaptation with a budget of $ 200 million is slated to debut on July 24. However, many industry experts speculate that that date could be delayed again. On Wednesday, Disney modified plans to reopen Disneyland, which was set for July 17, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in California. Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland Park recently reopened, and Walt Disney World in Florida is still on track to resume business on July 11.

Meanwhile, Russell Crowe’s thriller “Unhinged” and Sony’s romantic comedy “The Broken Hearts Gallery” will test the public’s appetite for new movies on the big screen when they launch on July 10 and July 17, respectively.

“Tenet”, starring Robert Pattison and John David Washington, follows an operation in charge of preventing the next world war. Like most of Nolan’s movies, the spy thriller is shrouded in secrecy. Nolan’s film credits include the trilogy “The Dark Knight,” “Dunkirk” and “Interstellar.”