Tenet Has Been Indefinitely Delayed

The movie has slipped into release limbo to reflect the realities of COVID-19 safety.


Director Christopher Nolan's Tenet has just been officially delayed again--indefinitely, for now--according to a statement from Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich. Nolan's latest movie has recently garnered more attention for its release status than its story (which still remains a mystery). The film was originally scheduled to hit theaters on July 17, and was subsequently pushed back twice to August 12 due to concerns over COVID-19 safety and audiences gathering in movie theaters. As of this writing, there is no new tentative release date, but one is forthcoming.

In the statement, Emmerich said, "We are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that… We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for Tenet, Christopher Nolan's wholly original and mind-blowing feature. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to re-evaluate our release dates."

Nolan, a staunch advocate for film as a medium meant to be experienced on the big screen, has not yet released a statement. Variety is speculating that since theaters overseas have already begun to re-open, it is possible the movie could launch internationally before a domestic release.

All that's really known about Tenet is it follows a secret agent who must prevent another world war. The cast includes Kenneth Branagh, John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Michael Caine, and Elizabeth Debicki.

For more on the shifting situation regarding movie theaters re-opening, you can read the latest here.

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