Warner Bros. Pulls Pin Out of Summer Schedule as ‘Tenet,’ ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ and More Move Back

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Hollywood watched and waited for the dominoes to start falling. With Christopher Nolan as savior of the summer box office, Warner Bros. stuck to the original release date of “Tenet” on July 17 for as long as possible. Until it couldn't.
And theater chains across the country tried to open in time with costly new security protocols. While around 350 drive-ins have attracted customers, reopened indoor cinemas have not done so well. When studios and theaters watched the surge in COVID cases this week, Warner Bros. Pictures' chairman, Toby Emmerich, had little leeway after the appointment. He had to make the decision, knowing that many theaters in key markets like Los Angeles and New York might not be back in time. Costly marketing pushes had to start.
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So it seems inevitable that he has moved the date for "Tenet" to July 31st. (Will that be firm? Nobody knows.) While the studio was hoping to stop the announcement of the move of Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman 1984." From August 14th to October 2nd, it turned out to be impossible because of artwork were leaking. The studio made the announcement on social media.
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After Warners blinked, the new indie distributor Solstice quickly postponed its first release, the Russell Crowe thriller "Unhinged", from its scheduled release date on July 1st to July 10th. Sony Pictures Classics hopes to continue opening their much anticipated comedy "The Climb" July 17.
This is the first major tent pole to open Disney's live action "Mulan" this summer, which will open on July 24th (with other changes) according to this week's Disney release schedule. Disney is generally expected to pass the family-friendly brand to Disney + to attract subscribers.
Paramount sits on August 4 with the family episode "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run", but had been waiting for where "Tenet" would end up.
Universal Pictures wasted no time in moving away from Wonder Woman 1984 on October 2 and postponing Amblin Entertainment's BIOS to release on April 16, 2021.
After the National Association of Theater Owners tried to assure Warner Bros. that around 90 percent of the world's theaters would be up and running in time for “Tenet,” on Friday bowed to the reality and thanked the studio for delivering a Nolan Classic, the 10th anniversary re-release of "Inception" to play two weeks before the Nolan time travel thriller "Tenet".
"We are delighted that our partners at Warner Bros. will be able to offer a new generation of film fans the opportunity to enjoy" Inception "the way it was originally intended - on the big screen," said NATO. “Over the past few months, we've kept Warner Bros. up to date on our work to reopen our theaters in accordance with government health and safety requirements. We look forward to the audience being able to enjoy 'Tenet' in our theaters around the world in July 31. ”
Five other changes to the Warners lineup:
"Witches" does not move from October 9, 2020 to any date.
"Godzilla vs Kong" will move from November 20, 2020 to May 21, 2021.
"Tom & Jerry" is moving from December 23, 2020 to March 3, 2021.
New Line will release an untitled horror film on June 6, 2021.
The untitled "Matrix" film will be moving from May 21, 2021 to April 4, 2022.
And ominously, a “Warner Bros. event film without a title” from October 16, 2020 was deleted from the program. If enough theaters stop doing business worldwide in an increasingly digital world due to the economic impact of the pandemic, there may not be enough box office to justify the $ 200 million budget that event films cost.
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