The national launch of “Tenet”, the film with which many American cinemas planned to reopen after the coronavirus shutdown, has been postponed to August 12, its studio announced Thursday evening.
Director Christopher Nolan’s spy thriller starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki was scheduled to open on July 17 and was later postponed to July 31.
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“Warner Bros. is committed to bringing Tenet to the public in movie theaters on the big screen when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it is time, “a studio spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday. evening.
“Right now, what we need is flexible, and we don’t consider it a traditional film release,” said the spokesperson. “We choose to open the film mid-week to allow the public to discover the film at their own pace, and we plan to play longer, over an extended playing period far beyond the norm, to develop a strategy very different but successful release. ”
The news of the delay comes as the United States experiences an increase in coronavirus infections. The nation reported its highest total number of new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, according to a count by NBC News. Many southern and western states have seen a resurgence of the virus after easing home stay orders around Memorial Day.
AMC Theaters, the country’s largest theater chain, announced in early June its intention to reopen all of its sites in time to present “Tenet” on July 17.
Competitor Cinemark also plans to reopen its 345 cinemas in time for “Tenet”. It is not clear if the theaters will change these plans.
The planned theater openings included social distancing and capacity limitation.