Christopher Nolan's Tenet has been delayed indefinitely.
The hotly-anticipated US$200 million (S$277 mil) movie was originally supposed to be released on July 17, but due to the coronavirus pandemic the movie was delayed until July 31, before last month saw it pushed back a second time to August 12.
And now, Tenet has been delayed for a third time, this time with no new release date confirmed as of the time of writing. The movie is slated to open in Singapore on Aug 13.
Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement: "Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theatre partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen. We're grateful for the support we've received from exhibitors and remain steadfast in our commitment to the theatrical experience around the world."
Coronavirus cases have been rising in the United States meaning cinema screens have remained closed in many areas, and Emmerich says the health crisis means Tenet will not have a "traditional" theatrical release.
He added: "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."
By that, it means that Warner Bros may release the John David Washington-starring sci-fi/spy thriller overseas before it opens in North America.
Tenet, however, faces a challenge in China, the world's second-largest world movie market. China has been among the strictest countries in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and new safety measures mean that films released in China can't run for more than two hours. That rule is problematic for Tenet which is said to clock in at around 150 minutes.
Besides Tenet, Warner Bros has also pushed back The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It, originally slated to open in September, to June 2021. — BANG