Christopher Nolan’s TENET release date pushed back a second time due to Covid-19

Christopher Nolan’s TENET release date pushed back a second time due to Covid-19

Covid-19 has already made life very hard for movie theaters, and it’s not getting any easier with rising cases every day and most cities getting more and more strict with regulations. The Christopher Nolan film TENET was already pushed back once, from a mid-July (July 14) release to the end of July (July 31), and now it’s getting pushed back yet again, likely because Warner Bros. is worried about getting the maximum amount of box office exposure and ticket sales. The new release date is August 12, 2020. Variety reported the change, including the following quote from the studio:

Warner Bros. is committed to bringing ‘Tenet’ to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time. In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release. We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy.

This movie was definitely intended to be the big return of theatrical films, and still may be, but one can only wonder with the unpredictable nature of the Coronavirus, is this second date change just a band-aid on a gaping wound? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

TENET opens August 14, 2020

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