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Tenet delays release to mid-August amid renewed coronavirus concerns


Story by Jack Foley

THE release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has been delayed again from July 31 to August 12 because of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the US.

Warner Bros announced the move in response to a sudden surge in cases across the US. This is expected to be mirrored in the UK even though the UK government is still reporting the virus in under control.

But in America, two of the country’s largest movie-going markets – Los Angeles and New York City – are areas of particular concern given the rise in infection numbers, while several states are also seeing a surge in.

Insiders quoted by The Hollywood Reporter say Warners and Nolan are taking their cues from the exhibition community in pushing the film to August 12.

Nolan’s $200 million Tenet was originally set to open on July 17 but has been forced to move once previously owing to continued concerns about the virus and its potential impact on box office takings.

However, the filmmaker remains intent on providing distressed cinema owners with a boost and making his film available as soon as it is safe to do so. He believes the picture will represent a suitable enticement to get people back into cinemas.

A WB spokesperson said in a statement: “Warner Bros. is committed to bringing Tenet to audiences in theatres, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time. 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 remains a mystery plot-wise, other than suggestions that involves international espionage and deals with the time continuum. The film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine.

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