Warner Brothers has officially delayed Tenet, which had already delayed its delay. According to Variety, Christopher Nolan has decided that he will open the film “whenever I damn well feel like it,” knowing that whenever that is — this fall, the winter, next summer, 2029— moviegoers will turn out in huge numbers because “how else will they be able to share their hot take on Twitter?”
The film, however, has to earn $800 million before Warner Brothers can recoup its investment, and in order to do so, it will need help from the box office in China. China is reopening its movie theaters now. However, it is limiting itself to movies under two hours long. Christopher Nolan has third acts that are two hours long, so obviously, Tenet is a no-go in China, making the break-even mark difficult to impossible at the moment, especially as the movie theaters sound like virus bath houses at the moment.
The movie had originally been scheduled to open in mid-July, before being bumped to late July, before being bumped again to the middle of August. WB has also delayed The Conjuring 3 to June 4th. Prepare to see all those movies rescheduled for the fall to be rescheduled into their old release dates, only a year later in 2021. It’ll be like 2020 never existed, or as the kids say, “Tenet opens, or it didn’t happen.”
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