Due to the pandemic, Warner Bros. has delayed the theatrical release of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Tenet
This film is on its third release date shuffle at this point but WB has postponed announcing when the new date will be. Originally is was scheduled to debut on July 17th, with many theaters still closed it was pushed back to July 31st, and then to August 12th.
“We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for ‘Tenet,’ Christopher Nolan’s wholly original and mind-blowing feature,” said Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich. “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.”
There is a chance that the film will open in other countries before it opens in the United States since many international countries are proving to be more on the up-and-up when it comes lowering their COVID-19 cases and being able to safely open cinemas again. However, the film probably won’t open in China at this time because they have a 2 hour runtime limit as a pandemic precaution, since Tenet runs 30 minutes over that, it might be a country that will have to sit this one out as well.
This would be a gutsy move seeing as North America tends to have the largest movie going market in the world. Of course doing this also leads to a much higher risk of piracy and spoilers for a film that has been shrouded in secrecy from the beginning.
WB has also postponed The Conjuring 3, but the release dates for other upcoming films Wonder Woman 1984 (October 2nd) and the Dune remake (December 18th) remain scheduled for 2020.
As of right now there is no new release date for Tenet, hopefully it comes soon!