In the latest twist in the story of Christopher Nolan film Tenet, Warner Bros. have taken the decision to delay its eagerly-anticipated release indefinitely.
Tenet, a $200million budget film, was scheduled to arrive in cinemas on July 17 but due to the pandemic and the indefinite closure of public screenings, it was pushed back by two weeks and postponed until July 31. However, with the worsening of the pandemic and exponentially rising cases, the film’s release date was again pushed back back to August 12.
Now though, with no end to the current health crisis in sight, the film has been removed from the release calendar indefinitely. “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 in a statement.
“Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates,” Emmerich continued. “Amidst all this continued uncertainty, we have decided to vacate the current dates for our next two releases. 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. Additionally, we will be moving the next instalment from our most-successful horror franchise, ‘The Conjuring 3’ to June 4, 2021.”
Speaking about the repeated delays in the past, Emmerich 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’re grateful for the support we’ve received from exhibitors and remain steadfast in our commitment to the theatrical experience around the world. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates.”