"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", Warner Bros. Here's Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates.
It was slated for release on 17 July, but the coronavirus lockdown put paid to that, with a rescheduled release date of 31 July.
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Earlier this month, China's Sinovac had said it entered late-stage development of its vaccine in Brazil, foreign media reported . A Phase I trial , typically, involves a smaller subset of volunteers that could range anywhere between 15 and 80 people.
That suggests the movie may debut internationally before reaching audiences in the USA, where theater reopening plans have been complicated by a surge of coronavirus cases. For that reason, Warner Bros. had previously made a decision to incrementally move "Tenet" back weeks at a time, rather than postpone it to a significant degree until cinemas across the country are able to safety reopen.
It was not likely that Warner Bros. would release its most significant movie of the year when Los Angeles was closed, and now things are official.
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Those restrictions were already in place in counties on the state's monitoring list , but the new order extended them statewide. US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the country could turn the rise of cases around in "two (to) three weeks".
This is just the cherry on top of Tenet's theatrical woes, as Warner Bros. ponders a new 2020 domestic release date. Emmerich also said on Monday that "we are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release", and Variety reports "there's a chance" the film could end up first playing overseas in countries where theaters have been permitted to reopen. The movie will now open in theaters June 4, 2021. He also directed the three films in the so-called Dark Knight trilogy - Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
As lockdown guidelines were eased, though, it seemed that Tenet would be the first new film released in cinemas following the pandemic. Warner Bros. reportedly needs 80% of movie theaters open around the world in order to make back the greatest possible on their reported $200 million-plus investment in Tenet, and China is one of the biggest global markets, if Tenet were to open globally before opening domestically.
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It's also starting the swift climb out of the low horizon murk into the dark starry background this weekend, another plus. From today onward, the best chance of seeing the comet will be in the evening sky, about an hour after sunset.