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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ pulled from movie schedule after repeated coronavirus delays

2020-07-22

Despite Christopher Nolan’s greatest intentions, “Tenet” doesn’t appear destined for theaters this summer after all.

Warner Bros. announced Monday that the sci-fi thriller has been pulled off the schedule indefinitely as theaters remain shuttered around the country.

“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,” Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement.

“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.”

The mysterious $200 million movie, which stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine, was most recently set for an Aug. 12 release after multiple delays.

While some flicks, like “Trolls World Tour” and “The King of Staten Island,” went straight to Video on Demand, while others, including Tom Hanks’ “Greyhound” and “Hamilton,” moved to subscriber streaming services.

Others have continually pushed scheduled releases back in the hope that theaters will eventually reopen.

But Nolan has reportedly been insistent that his movie makes it to theaters, regardless of how long the shutdown lasts.

Warner Bros. also shifted “The Conjuring 3,” set for release on Sept. 11, to June 4, 2021. Other blockbusters including “Wonder Woman” and “Dune” remain on schedule for now.