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Tenet Release Date Delayed Indefinitely As US Movie Market Languishes Amid Shutdown

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BY July 21, 2020
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For the third time, the latest mind-bending film from visionary director (and noted chair-hater) Christopher Nolan will miss its release date. Amid the uncertainty of when the United States will get a handle on the novel coronavirus pandemic, the release date for Tenet is delayed indefinitely. Originally slated to arrive in theaters at the height of the summer movie season on July 17, Warner Bros. moved the film back to the end of the month. Perhaps they were being optimistic, but soon the date moved to August 12. Yet, given that new coronavirus cases in the US continue to rise, Warner Bros. delayed the release date for Tenet indefinitely.

Theaters in the US were very eager to get the film, which even in a pandemic is expected to be a smash at box offices. A thrilling action film with mind-bending elements involving time, audiences would surely flock to the cinema to see the latest film from the director of The Dark Knight.

Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich released a statement on the movie, via The Hollywood Reporter.

He said:

“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…

“We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s wholly original and mind-blowing feature. We are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that.”

Emmerich also announced that The Conjuring 3 will not debut on September 11, 2020, but rather June 4, 2021. Interestingly, the latest announcement leaves Wonder Woman 1984 set for an October 2 release, and Dune still debuting on December 18. (More of that Warner Bros. optimism?)

The real question studios now face is whether or not to do a rolling release of film outside of America. The US is typically first (or close to it) to see new films and represents one of the largest single-nation markets for films. Also, releasing wide like that helps combat piracy. Yet, with the US lagging behind the rest of the world in recovering from the pandemic, studios may have to reconsider that approach, especially as they start eyeing their bottom line after a summer with no big blockbusters.

Are you surprised that Warner Bros. delayed the release date of Tenet indefinitely? When it does finally come out, will you go see it? Tell us in the comments below.

Featured image via Warner Bros.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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