Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has been delayed once more.

Warner Bros. officially removed the film from its release schedule. Due to COVID-19 theater closures, the studio previously pushed back the summer release twice. Tenet’s original premiere date was set for this past weekend.

Warner Bros. said in a statement it still planned to release the film and would provide more details soon.

“We are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that,” said Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich.


The studio dropped over $200 million to produce Tenet, so they must be eager to bring in the box office cash. However, with so many theaters closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a traditional theater release simply won’t be as effective. Still, there is some hope the film could succeed abroad, where more movie theaters have reopened.

Other Warner Bros. release changes

Warner Bros. also postponed the third Conjuring film. The film’s premiere had been scheduled for September of this year. However, COVID-19 halted production on its reshoots back in April. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It moved to a June 2021 release.

Other highly anticipated films scheduled for fall/winter premieres remain on the release schedule – at least for now. Another former summer blockbuster, Wonder Woman 1984, jumped to an October 2 release. Denis Villeneuve’s Dune adaptation similarly remains on schedule for December 18.

Warner Bros. also recently shuffled the opening weekends for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical In the Heights (June 18, 2021) and The Batman with Robert Pattinson (June 25, 2021).

For more the latest updates on the ever-changing release schedule, be sure to check back to That Hashtag Show.

Source: Variety