- Christopher Nolan's big budget film 'Tenet' has been indefinitely delayed as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the industry, Warner Bros. will update on new potential release date.
Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. have delayed the release of the sci-fi thriller Tenet indefinitely, as the novel coronavirus continues to permeate the film industry with delays and major circuit closures in New York and Los Angeles.
“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.,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group in a statement, Monday morning per Deadline.
He added, “Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates. Amidst all this continued uncertainty, we have decided to vacate the current dates for our next two releases.”
Warner Bros. also announced that Tenet would ensue an unconventional theatrical release, where the film will be first released in markets where theaters have already reopened, such as in China, South Korea, Japan, and offshore territories in Europe.
As COVID-19 infections are on the rise stateside, reopening theaters remains risky and uncertain for both the public and the success of the film. However, according to Deadline, the film may be released whenever and wherever theaters open, as the studio looks forward to a theatrical release of the Nolan picture, from which carries a large budget and high risk.
“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,” added Emmerich.
The theatrical release of the action-packed time-twisting film has been rescheduled three times due to the pandemic, and is now officially without a release date. The film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Clémence Poésy, Elizabeth Debicki, Sir Michael Caine, and Sir Kenneth Branagh. Nolan wrote and directed the picture.