“Tenet,” which has been delayed multiple times because of coronavirus, will open in 70 countries starting on August 26. Some of the major countries include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.
“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,” Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said in a statement last week. “Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates.”
The film having a set release date, at least for now, is a big deal for the film industry.
Major theater chains are attempting to reopen amid the worldwide outbreak, but it’s difficult to entice audiences to return to theaters without a new major blockbuster to sell tickets. “Tenet,” a twisty, mysterious film from one of the most popular directors in Hollywood, represents that potential blockbuster.
Disney also announced last week that “Mulan,” another potential blockbuster which was set for August 21, was being taken off the calendar because of the global health crisis.
The studio did not give a new release date for “Mulan,” which has also been repeatedly delayed since March because of the pandemic.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated when “Tenet” would be available in the United States