The highly anticipated Christopher Nolan movie ‘Tenet’ is delayed again for the third time

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the much-anticipated release of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ is delayed once again.

The fantasy spy epic was originally set to debut on July 17 but was pushed back to August 12.

Warner Bros. announced on Monday that the initial plan for an Aug. 12 release date will not push through. Moreover, talks of delaying the film until at least September have been discussed as COVID-19 pandemic continues to loom over the immediate future.

Warner Bros. executives said they had no other choice,

“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.” Toby Emmerich, chairman of the studio’s Pictures Group, said in a statement.


It’s not all bad though, at least for fans overseas, us included. The announcement comes with a suggestion that the film might open earlier overseas.

Furthermore, the studio did not announce any new dates for a possible release for ‘Tenet”.

The decision came about as the studio, AT&T and others involved with the release debated over the best course of action. Nolan, his wife and producing partner Emma Nolan, and the Warner Bros. distribution team have been pushing to release the movie to bring entertainment to movie-goers and at least some revenue to the studio and theaters.

But executives at AT&T,  have been worried that their investment, up to $200 million in production costs and marketing, will return a minimal yield in a COVID-19 plagued world.


China hurdle

The release saga of ‘Tenet,’ starring John David Washington as a man trying to prevent a worldwide disaster, has become almost as mind-bending as one of its director’s films.

“Tenet” faces an additional obstacle in China, the second-largest movie market, where many theaters will reopen this week. The problem lies in the requirement of the government that movies run no longer than two hours to limit social interactions. For comparison, ‘Tenet’ has a runtime of 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Despite some of its fans clamoring for an online release, it is not expected that ‘Tenet’ will do so. Aside from being opposed by Nolan, it would tremendously limit the film’s expected take in.

Tenet focuses on a protagonist, played by John David Washington, trying to save the world from disaster. Its other stars include Robert Pattinson and Sir Kenneth Branagh.

To ease our suffering a little bit, here is its latest trailer below,

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