Warner Bros. has pushed back the release date for Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet”. This is the second delay for the highly anticipated tentpole, which plans to revive Movieways after a long movie shutdown due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The 200 million movie was originally scheduled to hit theaters on July 1, but was later postponed to July 31. Now, it will be released on August 12 – unless the virus spreads rapidly across the country, and the studio no longer feels safe releasing a big movie at that time.
“Warner Bros. Theaters are committed to bringing” tenets “to audiences when the show is ready and public health officials say it’s time,” said a Warner Bros. spokesman. “All we need to do at the moment is be flexible, and we don’t consider it a release of a traditional theatrical film. We are choosing to open the movie in the middle to let the audience discover the film in their own time and we are planning to play a longer game outside the norm, to develop a different but successful release strategy. “
The studio has also delayed re-releasing Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster “Inception” until July 31 in honor of its 10th anniversary.
The latest change to “Tenet” came after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his state’s movie theaters would not be included in the fourth phase of reopening. Without the movie back in business in New York City and Los Angeles, the big-budget action epic would be deprived of two markets for the country’s largest films. With the reopening of parts of the nation, the rate of infection has risen sharply in several states. This could further trade the industry’s plans to return to the movies.
Even if multiplexes across the country are able to open to a significant degree, it is still unclear whether the audience will feel safe returning to the theater as the disease continues to spread. Exhibitors, in an effort to allay these fears, have come up with new security measures that will help keep their theaters clean. These efforts include increased body-distance arrangements, improved cleaning protocols, and capping presence at 50% or less capacity. Additionally, movie chains, including AMC, Regal and Alamo Drathhouse, will need sponsors to wear masks.
For now, the remake of Disney’s “Mulan” is expected to be the first possible blockbuster since theaters closed in March. The illion 200 million-budgeted live-action adaptation is set to debut July 24, but many industry experts speculate that the date could be reversed. On Wednesday, Disney revised its plan to reopen Disneyland, which was scheduled for July 1, as the Covid-9 case continues to grow in California. Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland Parks have recently reopened and Walt Disney World in Florida is on its way to resume business on July 11th.
Meanwhile, Russell’s purchase of the thriller “Unhindered” and Sony’s Rome-com “The Broken Hearts Gallery” will test the appetite of viewers of the new movies on the big screen when it launches on July 10 and July 17, respectively.
“Tenet” – starring Robert Pattinson and John David Washington – follows a follower responsible for preventing post-World War II. Like most of Nolan’s movies, the espionage thriller is shrouded in secrecy. Nolan’s film credits include “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Dunkirk” and “Interstellar”.