Warner Bros. delays Tenet and Wonder Woman hoping theaters will reopen

mongeese

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Tenet, a $200 million investment, was going to be the first major cinema release in months. Nolan was hoping it would convince cinemas to reopen and end the current hiatus, and Warner Bros. stood firm on the July 17 release date for months. Now Disney’s live-action Mulan will take first place on July 24, and one can’t help but wonder if that was Warner Bros. plan. If the first big release is successful then it could convince more cinemas to open soon after, but on the other hand, if cinemas become a hotbed for coronavirus transmission then they’ll all be shut again.

"We’re especially thrilled, in this complex and rapidly changing environment, to be bringing Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, a global tentpole of jaw-dropping size, scope and scale, to theaters around the world on July 31," Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, told Variety. "It’s been longer than any of us could’ve imagined since we’ve seen a movie on the big screen, and to acknowledge Chris’ fans as we count down to Tenet’s opening day, we are also excited to offer his masterpiece Inception in theaters for its 10th anniversary on July 17."

Presumably, theaters will provide free tickets to a showing of Inception for anyone that booked a seat for Tenet on July 17, but this seems to be up to individual theaters.

Wonder Woman 1984 has had a more tenuous release schedule than Tenet owing to its smaller nature, and the latest delay was announced in a tweet. The film was originally going to release on June 5 and had been delayed to August 14, but Warner Bros. believes that’s still too risky for the film. By early October, however, even if things haven’t improved, at least the status quo will be sufficiently established to make informed business decisions.

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Mister_K

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Well of course people will show up, enfact more so now. Being "stuck inside" for months people are hungry to go out again. Pubs, clubs, bars, activity centres will be packed in August/September.
 

Uncle Al

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They "might" show up ..... sounds like they are rolling the dice on this one, there are a lot that might prefer getting it on line and having a movie party at friends houses rather than go out in public, especially with this 2nd wave upon us ......
 

Thorney

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The thing is I'm not put off going to the cinema because of the virus, I am put off because, when it opens the queues will be longer, it will be awkward and restricted to use toilets.and buy food. It will just wont be relaxing. Really not interested in going anywhere until social distancing ends.
 
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EClyde

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Well if'n the theeters ain't open they ain't delayed...are they now? I would go to a movie only if conservative values are presented in all their glory. Wonder Woman...who she gonna beat up this week?
 

SilentMarket

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When pandemic is still booming in the US with an average 20k new cases every single day, where does this level of confidence come from?
 

QuantumPhysics

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There's a very real possibility public schools in NYC won't reopen in September.

The death rate is still going.

Though the Floyd murder and subsequent protests/riots have allowed us to ignore Covid19, it's still on its way to 120,000 dead and experts believe we could lose another 100,000 by October.

The massive hole in Hollywood from not having access to theaters - as well as the massive hole in the budgets of theater owners is not going to be filled for years to come.