13 Jun – Word is in that two of the most anticipated movies for the summer blockbuster season are delaying their cinema release.
Both from the Warner Bros slate of movies this year; Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" is pushed back from 16 July to 31 July and the superhero film "Wonder Woman 1984" - which gets its second delay - is moved two months later, from 13 August to 2 October. Initially "Wonder Woman 1984" was slated for a 5 June release.
In a statement to Variety, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Toby Emmerich said, "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 31st."
"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."
It remains to be confirmed if cinemas in this part of the world would also be rereleasing "Inception".
The move is believed to have been done as several big cinema chains in the U.S. like Regal, Cinemark, and AMC are only planning to resume business later in the summer. It is expected that more cinemas would gradually start reopening from mid-July onwards.
Other Warner Bros movie updates includes the monster mash-up "Godzilla vs. Kong" moved from November to May 2021 and the fourth "Matrix" movie that had to stop production halfway, is delayed by a year to April 2022.
Assuming no major announcements are made in the next few weeks, it seems that Disney's "Mulan" would be the first blockbuster film to come to cinemas worldwide post pandemic lockdown.
Will we get to see our most anticipated films of 2020 in cinemas soon? Stay tuned to the official cinema opening dates.