The highly anticipated sci-fi movie directed by Christopher Nolan had been eyeing a summer release date. The studio initially delayed the film until July 31, then pushed it back again, this time until August 12.
"Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates", he said.
Coronavirus cases have been rising in the United States meaning cinema screens have remained closed in many areas, and Emmerich says the health crisis means Tenet will not have a "traditional" theatrical release.
Fans are eager to see what Nolan has cooked up with his time-bending thriller but the inability of cinemas to re-open in the USA has been the main obstacle. But Nolan was hoping to support American theatres by releasing the film in America at the same time as the overseas release. Yes, Warner Bros. has once more delayed Christopher Nolan's Tenet, his latest blockbuster film, making the announcement today.
Other films have planned their releases partially around the launch of "Tenet".
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At this point, it is unclear when the movie will be released, though Warner Bros. are expected to announce a new release date "imminently". Emmerich later mentioned that Tenet wouldn't have a traditional global day-and-date rollout.
His clout is reflected in the colossal $205 million budget that U.S. media reported was lavished on "Tenet", which stars John David Washington ("BlacKkKlansman"), Denzel Washington's son. It became a movie that theater chains used as a target for reopening and hopefully luring audiences back. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich as saying. "We're not treating Tenet like a standard world day-and-date release, and our upcoming advertising and marketing and distribution plans will mirror that".
Many cinema owners are screening modern re-releases and classics to keep them afloat, and audiences tired from scrolling through Netflix et al for the past four months are in the mood for something new.
Tenet - which stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, Himesh Patel, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Clémence Poésy - is now officially without a release date.