We have been looking forward to Nolan's new project for what feels like a century, now. Originally scheduled for July 17, 2020, the film has been pushed a couple of times, first to July 31, then to August 12.
But now Warner Bros. has removed the movie from its schedule entirely, and fans have no idea yet how and when they'll be able to watch John David Washington bend time.
Many in the industry have been hoping that Tenet's release would signal a return to normalcy and a return to the theaters, but with COVID-19 cases on the rise and all theaters in major markets like California closed at the moment, we seem to be far from normal.
According to Warner Bros., they plan to release a new premiere date "imminently."
Deadline points out that the studio will likely opt for a release schedule that looks much different than what we're used to. Some international theaters in China and other Asian countries like South Korea, as well as some parts of Europe, have already reopened and will likely get the movie first.
Credit: Warner Bros.Nolan is an outspoken advocate for the traditional theatrical experience, so it's unlikely Tenet will see a smaller window or a concurrent streaming release.
Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich released a statement today about the studio's plans for the films. Via Deadline:
"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,” said Emmerich. "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. Amidst all this continued uncertainty, we have decided to vacate the current dates for our next two releases. 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."
We'll be sure to let you know when Tenet gets a new release date.
How do you think the studio should approach this unique problem? Are you determined to see Tenet on the big screen, or would you rather watch it at home? Let us know in the comments!