Warner Bros. once again postponed the release date of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet”. This is the second delay of the highly anticipated tent, which was ready to rekindle the atmosphere of watching movies after the long movie theater closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The film cost US$200 million and was originally scheduled to be released on July 17, but was later postponed to July 31. Now, it will be released on August 12.
A Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement: “Warner Bros. is committed to showing’Tenet’ to the audience on the big screen when the projector is ready and public health officials say it is time.” At present, we need to maintain flexibility. We have not regarded it as a traditional film release. We chose to release the film in the middle of the week so that the audience can discover the film in their own time, and we plan to go far beyond The regular extended play period will play for a longer period of time to develop a completely different but successful release strategy.”
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its establishment, the studio also delayed the release of Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster “Inception” until July 31.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state’s movie theaters will not be included in the reopened Phase 4, which is the latest transformation of “Tenet”. Without the reopening of movie theaters in New York City and Los Angeles, this huge budget epic action would be deprived of the two largest movie markets in the United States. As parts of the United States began to reopen, the infection rate in some states rose sharply. This may further disrupt the industry’s plans to return to film.
Even though movie theaters across the country can be opened to a large extent, it is still unclear whether the audience will feel safe returning to the theater while the disease is still spreading. To quell these fears, exhibitors have developed detailed new safety procedures that will help keep the theater clean. These efforts include increasing physical grooming measures, enhancing cleaning procedures, and limiting attendance to 50% or less of capacity. In addition, cinema chains including AMC, Regal and Alamo Drafthouse will require customers to wear masks.
Currently, Disney’s “Mulan” remake is expected to become the first potential blockbuster since the theater closed in March. A live-action adaptation film with a budget of $200 million is scheduled to debut on July 24. But many industry experts speculate that this date may be postponed again. On Wednesday, Disney revised its plan to reopen Disneyland, which is scheduled to open on July 17, as the COVID-19 case in California continues to escalate. Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland have recently reopened, and Walt Disney World in Florida is still expected to resume business on July 11.
Meanwhile, Russell Crowe’s thriller “Unhinged” and Sony’s romantic comedy “The Broken Hearts Gallery” will be tested on July 10 and July 17, respectively, to test the audience Appetite for new movies on the big screen.
Tenet, played by Robert Pattison and John David Washington, is responsible for the task of preventing the next world war. Like most Nolan movies, spy thrillers are also kept secret. Nolan’s film work includes “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Dunkirk” and “Interstellar”.