The never-ending battle between COVID-19 and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” has taken yet another turn for the worse. Warner Bros. announced on Monday that the epic spy thriller will be taken off of release calendars indefinitely. A giant blockbuster like “Tenet” was supposed to serve as an anchor for newly reopening movie theaters. Now that “Tenet” has been taken off the table, the rest of 2020’s scheduled releases are in jeopardy.
“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,” said Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich in a statement (via Variety).
This isn’t the first time that Christopher Nolan’s international espionage thriller was moved due to growing concerns regarding the pandemic. “Tenet” was originally scheduled to release this past weekend (July 17). Then, COVID-19 delayed it to July 31, and subsequently to August 12. Though a move to 2021 seems probable, there is still a chance that “Tenet” will grace our screens in 2020.
Warner Bros. recently delayed some of their most anticipated upcoming blockbusters to later this year. “Wonder Woman 1984” is set to release October 2, 2020. Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” remains scheduled for December 18, 2020. The studio’s other releases haven’t been so fortunate. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” was pushed back a whole year to June 18, 2021, and the third entry in the Conjuring series, “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” was delayed to next summer.
“Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theater partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen,” Emmerich said. “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.”
“Tenet” stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Craine, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branagh also play key roles. Though plot details have largely been kept under wraps, the official synopsis is as follows:
“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.”