Warner Bros. has pulled Tenet from its domestic release date and it seems like the studio is planning to stagger its global debut.
The studio has pulled Christopher Nolan’s Tenet from its theatrical release date while theaters across the United States remain closed, but is looking at an unconventional global rollout in countries where screens have begun to reopen as the pandemic improves. Christopher Nolan has been committed for Tenet to get a theatrical release to support theaters, and also explained that it’s an experience made to be seen on the big screen. But while theaters in New York and Los Angeles remain closed, Warner Bros. has pulled the release for now. However they’re still aiming for the film to debut in 2020.
Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich made a statement addressing the situation, thanking exhibitors for their support, but they remain committed to giving Tenet a theatrical release. But due to the pandemic’s continued effect on the country, the date’s been pulled. However they will announce a new date in 2020 “imminently.” Emmerich also went on to explain that the global release will be unconventional, which most likely means it’ll open in particular countries when it’s safe there to do so. He also announced the studio is moving The Conjuring 3 to 2021.
“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. Additionally, we will be moving the next installment from our most-successful horror franchise, The Conjuring 3, to June 4, 2021.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Tenet:
“John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.” Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion.”
Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, the film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, and Himesh Patel. Christopher Nolan also serves as a producer alongside his wife Emma Thomas, with Thomas Hayslip on board as an executive producer.
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