Tenet, Christopher Nolan's time-twisting film, officially delayed indefinitely


The release of the much-anticipated Christopher Nolan movie Tenet has been delayed "indefinitely".

Christopher Nolan's "Tenet", which had hoped to herald Hollywood's return to big theatrical releases, has yet again postponed its release due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich (via THR).

But the studio said it would be re-evaluating its release date "amidst all this continued uncertainty".

This is the third time "Tenet" has shifted dates, showing how complicated restarting the global movie business has been.

The fantasy spy epic was originally set to debut on 17 July but this was pushed back to 12 August.

John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan's original sci-fi action spectacle Tenet.

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But New York city movie theaters, and those in Los Angeles - the two biggest markets in the United States - still do not have the green light from city authorities to reopen as coronavirus cases and deaths have spiked again.

By the sounds of it a new release date for Tenet is just around the corner.

The rules are partly driving studios to open movies in unconventional ways, giving people a greater chance to see the films in theaters later, if they don't feel safe now. It will now be released on June 4, 2021.

"We are not treating "Tenet" like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that", said Emmerich. It's a hard dilemma for Warner Bros: forego a theatrical release in China and lose out on a major worldwide market, or risk displeasing their star filmmaker by cutting the film for China's theaters? And when it does finally come stateside, it might hit whichever theaters are open - perhaps giving socially distanced Midwest drive-ins a leg up on coastal, urban theater chains. His other films include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk.

As lockdown guidelines were eased, though, it seemed that Tenet would be the first new film released in cinemas following the pandemic.

Warner Bros intend for Tenet to spend a good while showing in cinemas, as Nolan is a big supporter of the big screen.