Christopher Nolan’s newest trippy, time-bending sci-fi flick Tenet will see its release date delayed for a second time due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The latest Christopher Nolan blockbuster was staunchly holding on to its summer release date even as nearly all other summer blockbuster films had already pushed back their release dates to fall, at the earliest.
Tenet was originally set to be released on July 17. However, when it became clear that the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t abating in the way that officials had hoped and with theaters around the world still closed for safety reasons, Warner Bros. pushed the release dates for several of its tentpole films, with Tenet being pushed back from July 17 to July 31.
Now it looks like Warner Bros. will once again push back the release date for Christopher Nolan’s $200 million epic sci-fi film, with its new release date set for August 12.
“Warner Bros. is committed to bringing Tenet to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. “In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release. We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy.”
Tenet stars Robert Pattison and John David Washington and follows an operative tasked with preventing the next world war. The trailers have given few concrete plot details, but have told us that it’s not time travel we’re seeing in the trailer trippiest sequences, it’s something called inversion.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. has also decided to delay the rerelease of Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster Inception, which it was bringing back to theaters in celebration of its 10th anniversary, to July 31.