“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, “said a Warner Bros. spokesperson. . in a press release. “Right now, what we need is flexible, and we don’t think of it as a traditional film release. 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 of very different but successful outing. ”
The studio also delayed the reissue of Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster “Inception”, in honor of its 10th anniversary, until July 31.
The latest change to “Tenet” comes after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his state’s theaters would not be included in phase 4 of the reopening. Without the cinemas in New York and Los Angeles, epic big-budget activity will be deprived of two of the country’s largest film markets. While parts of the country have started to reopen, some states have seen massive spikes in infection rates. It could further derail industry plans to return to the movies.
Although multiplexes across the country can be opened to a large extent, it is unclear whether audiences will feel safe to return to the movies while the disease spreads. Exhibitors, in an effort to allay these fears, have detailed new security procedures that will help keep their theaters clean. These efforts include increased physical distance measures, improved cleaning protocols, and limiting attendance to 50% or less of capacity. In addition, movie chains, including AMC, Regal and Alamo Drafthouse, will require customers to wear masks.
For now, the Disney “Mulan” remake is expected to be the first potential blockbuster to open since cinemas close in March. The budgeted live-action adaptation of $ 200 million is slated for July 24. But many industry experts speculate that this date may be pushed back again. Disney changed plans to reopen Disneyland on July 17 on Wednesday as COVID-19 cases continue to escalate in California. Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland Park have recently reopened, and Walt Disney World in Florida is still on track to resume operations on July 11.
Meanwhile, Russell Crowe’s thriller “Unhinged” and Sony’s romantic comedy “The Broken Hearts Gallery” will test the public’s appetite for new movies on the big screen when they are released on July 10 and July 17, respectively.
“Tenet” – which features Robert Pattison and John David Washington – follows an agent charged with preventing the next world war. Like most Nolan films, the spy thriller is shrouded in secrecy. Nolan’s film credits include the trilogy “The Dark Knight”, “Dunkirk” and “Interstellar”.