Warner Bros Pushes Back Tenet to August Premiere as COVID-19 Cases Surge

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It looks like Warner Bros. isn't taking any risks with its first major release after the coronavirus outbreak shutdowns. The studio has just announced that it is pushing back the premiere of Tenet as more COVID-19 cases are being reported across the country.

The confirmation comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which reveals that Warner Bros. has decided to make another adjustment to Tenet's release. This is the second time that the Christopher Nolan movie has been pushed back due to COVID-19, having been moved from its original date on July 17 to July 31. The film is now expected to hit theaters in mid-August.

Warner Bros. also issued a statement about the rescheduling.

"Warner Bros. is committed to bringing Tenet to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it's time. In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release. We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy," the statement reads.

Tenet is not the only major film that will premiere this July. Disney's live-action remake of the animated classic Mulan is still scheduled for release on July 24 but this could also be moved yet again due to COVID-19.

Tenet is now scheduled for release on August 12.

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