LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros. movie studio on Thursday delayed the release of Christopher Nolan thriller “Tenet” for a second time, dealing another setback to the movie industry’s hopes for a late-summer rebound.
“Tenet” is now scheduled to reach theaters on Aug. 12, the company said in a statement. Most US movie theaters remain closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The movie, which cost $200 million, was initially slated to arrive in theaters on July 17, but was later postponed until July 31. Now, it will be released on Aug. 12.
“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,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. “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 studio has also delayed the rerelease of Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster “Inception,” in honor of its 10th anniversary, to July 31.