The Release Of Christopher Nolan's Tenet Is Now Delayed Indefinitely

21 July 2020
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The tentpole summer release was due to screen in July but is now on hold again

Tenet, Christopher Nolan's time-shifting summer action film has had its release date 'delayed indefinitely'. The film's distributos, Warner Brothers has removed the movie from its release calendars, according to Variety.

The film's indefinite delay is a huge blow to the rest of the film industry, who were planning to use Tenet as a way of reopening the cinemas and attarcting people back into theatres in the late summer.

With the coronavirus still not under control in the US, people are understandably wary about returning to cinemas, and in turn, studios are being extra cautious about releasing big budget films. This is having a knock on effect for release dates around the world.

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Nolan's first film since Dunkirk, Tenet stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki, as well as familiar Nolan collaborators Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh. 

Originally scheduled for release on July 17, it was pushed back to July 31 before being rescheduled for August 12. Now it's on an indefinite hiatus, having been removed from the release schedule altogether.

It's now being suggested that the film will be released in markets outside of America first, although there are concerns about piracy and plot spoilers. There is precious little known about the plot of the film, and the trailer seems to raise more questions than it answers. Nolan and the studio will want to retain that mystery for as long as they can.

"We are not treating 'Tenet' like a traditional global day-and-day release," said Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros chairman in a statement.