As spikes in confirmed cases of COVID-19 have surfaced around the country, Warner Bros. has delayed Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, again, August 12th.
The report came from THR, where Warner Bros. announced the change and said they are 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 has also reported that Disney will be moving its release of Mulan from its July 24th date. Disney has already postponed its opening of Disneyland as California won’t release those guidelines until July 4th.
Nolan has been adamant about his film helping to re-open theaters this summer with Warner Bros. being more cautious and careful about it.
Along with Tenet, the 10th anniversary re-release of Inception has been moved from July 17th to July 31st.
We will see how these delays impact the re-opening of theaters as we aren’t sure if there will be enough big name movies to draw people in to the theaters. It will take a big name to really bring crowds back as a lot of people are hesitant to go back into public gatherings with these recent surges in cases.
The allure of seeing Tenet on the big screen, though, is mighty enticing.
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