Warner Bros. announced that Christopher Nolan’s film Tenet has been delayed indefinitely after planning to be the movie that kicked off the reopening of movie theaters. 

The Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement, “We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s wholly original and mind-blowing feature.”

He went on, “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.”

The original release date for Tenet was set for July 17, but was then changed to July 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the date was pushed back even further to August 12. 

Emmerich explained that Warner Bros. is “not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that.” This means that as theaters begin to reopen around the world Tenet could premiere in other countries before showing in the United States. 

Warner Bros. has not expressed interest in releasing Tenet on any streaming services as an alternative to in-person theaters. Many companies have opted to do this such as Disney, which decided to release the film of the hit Broadway show Hamilton on Disney+.

Warner Bros. had also previously announced the postponement of movie The Conjuring 3 which was originally set to release on September 11. It has now been pushed back to June 4, 2021. Emmerich said, “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.”

Tenet stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. Other information about the film as been sparse as efforts to prevent spoilers and avoid piracy have been made.

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