New Christopher Nolan film ‘Tenet’ postponed
Warner Bros. has removed director Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” from its release calendar after delaying the anticipated thriller’s release multiple times due to the coronavirus pandemic, saying a new release date is forthcoming.
The film, earlier scheduled for a July 17 and then an Aug. 12 release, was viewed as the first theatrical tentpole to debut as theaters reopened, but surging cases of the virus in the U.S. have scuttled those plans, Variety reported Monday.
“We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s wholly original and mind-blowing feature,” Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement. “We are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that.”
As movie theaters in other nations that have seen more success in controlling the virus have begun reopening, the studio may wind up releasing “Tenet” abroad before doing so domestically, according to Variety. Sources at the studio also reportedly said a regional rollout in U.S. cities with lower virus numbers is a possibility.
Although several movies have shifted to on-demand releases during the pandemic rather than their initially planned theatrical debuts, “Tenet” is one of a handful of big-budget films studios have delayed to ensure a full theatrical release. Warner Bros. has not yet announced whether other postponed films, including “Wonder Woman: 1984” and the sci-fi epic “Dune,” will be further delayed, but they remain on the studio’s 2020 schedule as of Monday.
“Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theater partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen,” Emmerich said.
“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from exhibitors and remain steadfast in our commitment to the theatrical experience around the world,” he added. “Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates.”
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