Warner Bros. has announced that Christopher Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster, Tenet, has been delayed from July 17th to July 31st, with Nolan’s 2010 film, Inception, re-releasing in its place on the 17th. The re-released will come with a sneak peek at Tenet.
Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said in a statement:
“We’re especially thrilled, in this complex and rapidly changing environment, to be bringing Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, a global tentpole of jaw-dropping size, scope and scale, to theaters around the world on July 31.”
“It’s been longer than any of us could’ve imagined since we’ve seen a movie on the big screen, and to acknowledge Chris’ fans as we count down to Tenet’s opening day, we are also excited to offer his masterpiece Inception in theaters for its 10th anniversary on July 17.”
It also added an interesting comment:
“Moviegoers will also be treated to an exclusive sneak peek of select films on Warner Bros.’ upcoming slate.”
Some people have wondered what that sneak peek could be, with some fans speculating perhaps it would be for The Batman, which also stars Tenet‘s Robert Pattinson.
The small delay isn’t a total surprise, given the pandemic and movie theaters’ slow re-openings. But also, the last trailer for the film didn’t include a release date for the film as is customary.
Warner Bros. had until mid- to late-June to decide if the film would stick with its original release date. Any later and they wouldn’t have been able to run the proper marketing needed for the film.
It was reported to Deadline in May that: “Warner Bros needs at least 80% of the world’s theaters to be open, including New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco (which rep 25% of a pic’s opening weekend), in order to keep Tenet on its original release date. If such signs don’t appear positive in the next three weeks or sooner, Tenet moves. In order to make bank on a $200M production, Warners needs the globe’s exhibition infrastructure intact.”
Nolan has been a vocal advocate for the theatrical experience, especially filming in IMAX and 7mm, both of which Tenet will be shown in.
The film is one of the biggest films of the year, and we are sure Warner Bros. will not release it if they aren’t certain they can get the amount of ticket sales and audiences they want for it. And with Nolan attached, people will be wanting to see it.
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