That second iteration of Emmerich’s benchmarks is The Conjuring 3, which will now hit theaters on June 4, 2021 instead of September 11, 2020. The two delayed releases will no doubt be a blow to theaters around the world, including the UK, where they started to reopen with strict social distancing guidelines. However, there is some hope for an early release of Tenet in countries where the coronavirus pandemic is under control.
Emmerich added, “We will be sharing a new 2020 release date for Tenet, the completely original and mind-blowing feature of Christopher Nolan shortly. We do not treat Tenet as a traditional global version of the day and the date, and our future marketing and distribution plans will reflect this. ”
If Warner does not agree to a day-and-date worldwide release – as has become the norm for films where spoilers are a concern – it could mean an earlier release in locations outside of the United States, which remains severely affected by COVID-19. Sources have pointed out to Variety that this could very well be an option since Nolan films generally make more than 50% of their box office in countries other than America. There is also a chance that the film will open earlier in some states that are not as badly affected by the coronavirus.
Either way, this is undoubtedly a big blow to theaters already struggling to stay afloat due to the number of big budget movies to sell tickets for. Safety, however, is paramount, and we’ll happily wait until its safe to see the epic Nolan, which stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson.