And so it goes.
Christopher Nolan's spy-fi actioner Tenet, which the filmmaker had steadfastly maintained would be released in Summer 2020, has now seen its release date postponed indefinitely as Warner Bros. prepares what it calls an "unconventional theatrical rollout".
WB Chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement;
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. We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from exhibitors and remain steadfast in our commitment to the theatrical experience around the world. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates. Amidst all this continued uncertainty, we have decided to vacate the current dates for our next two releases. 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.
Exactly what this means in practical terms in unclear. It's been speculated that WB will release Tenet first in other countries where the ongoing COVID19 pandemic is more under control, with a later release in the U.S. or possibly a VOD release. A limited run is also possible.
As the U.S. continues to grapple with the pandemic and the Trump administration's increasing belligerence towards safety measures, movie theaters will likely remain closed for sometime, and conventional wide theatrical releases will remain onhold for the forseeable future.