Time to update your 2020 movie release schedule. Again.
It looks like Christopher Nolan’s Tenet won’t be out in July. The US$200 million (S$280m mil) blockbuster was originally slated to open in the US on July 17 but was postponed to July 31. Now, it’s moved to Aug 12.
In Singapore, the movie will open on Aug 13.
The delay comes after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to keep cinemas shuttered in the state’s Phase 4 reopening. New York City is a key moviegoer market as is Los Angeles where the cinemas have yet received the green-light to reopen by the Los Angeles County even though the California Department of Public Health said it was okay two weeks ago.
Another concern: the likelihood a second wave of COVID-19 infections, as more parts of the US start to reopen; on Thursday (June 25), the country recorded the highest single day of new cases of more than 37,000.
“Warner Bros. is committed to bringing Tenet to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time. In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release.
“We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy,” said a Warner Bros spokesperson via Deadline.
In Singapore, cinemas have been closed since Mar 27. How soon they’ll be back in business depends on how long the Phase 2 reopening last. Last we heard from our sources who heard from their sources that the exhibitors are hoping it would be in mid-July.
[Update: This story has been updated to include the Singapore release date of Tenet.]