CNI Desk: The closely watched arrival of Christopher Nolan’s big-budget sci-fi espionage film ‘Tenet’ will finally happen on July 31, Warner Bros. announced Friday, reports AP.
The studio said it would delay the release by two weeks and instead re-issue Nolan’s 2010 sci-fi blockbuster “Inception” in mid-July.
The release date for ‘Tenet; has been closely watched in all corners of the film industry, which has faced shuttered theatres due to the coronavirus since mid-March. Movie theatres plan to reopen in July for a vastly different summer season than the one the industry had planned.
The Marvel film ‘Black Widow’ and the ninth installment in the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, both expected to arrive in the early summer, have delayed their releases.
Warner Bros. also announced Friday that ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, a sequel to its 2017 hit, would shift from an August release to Oct 2.
‘Tenet’ will arrive in theatres a week after Disney’s live-action version of ‘Mulan’ is released on July 24.
When the studio released the film’s trailer in May, it didn’t include a release date, simply stating, “Coming to theatres.” The film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki and Michael Caine.
AMC theatres, the world’s largest theatre operator, said this week it expects to have at least 97 per cent of its locations open by mid-July. The National Association of theatre Owners, the trade group that represents exhibitors, expects some 90-95 per cent of cinemas around the world will open then as well.
Rather than packing multiplexes, AMC says it will keep its cinemas 25-50 per cent full to ensure social distancing. Those won’t be the only changes. Concessions will be ordered via an app and theatres will undergo regular cleanings, AMC has said.