Warner Bros. have today (Monday 20th July 2020) removed upcoming Christopher Nolan sci-fi blockbuster epic Tenet from their release schedule. The move comes after numerous postponements saw the film delayed from July to late August.
The decision to remove Tenet from the calendar entirely is being seen as potentially catastrophic to the film exhibition industry, with almost every theater/cinema chain expecting a late Summer Tenet release to be the major motivator for customers to return after months of closure.
The indefinite postponement of Tenet comes after rumours suggested that upcoming Bond film No Time To Die may also be delayed further, this time from its November 2020 release date (which is already 6 months after its intended release), indicating an industry-wide change in perspective.
Though Christopher Nolan was reportedly very vocal about ensuring a theatrical run this summer, even in the midst of global shutdowns, it seems that growing uncertainty over worldwide availability has proven to be too much of an obstacle for the iconic director to overcome, studio Warner Bros acting to remove any promises of its debut just weeks after altering promotional material to no longer feature a release date.
Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich stated the following in a statement released this morning (via Variety):
“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.”
The film, which has been shrouded in mystery since it was announced, will star BlackKklansman lead actor John David Washington and has promised to play around with time in a way that co-star Robert Pattinson (Twilight; Good Time) has described as “revolutionary”.
Christopher Nolan has forged a strong and unique career as a big budget, studio leading director, releasing ten feature films to date.