June 25, 2020
The theatrical business return to normal took another hit when Warner Bros. late June 25 announced it would again delay the release of Christopher Nolan’s international espionage thriller, Tenet, to Aug. 12 from July 31. The movie starring Robert Pattinson and John David Washington, among others, was originally slated to bow on July 17.
The move suggests Disney could follow delaying the July 24 release of live-action Mulan, which was originally scheduled to release on March 27. The studio has made no announcement.
Major exhibitors such as AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark have embraced Mulan and Tenet as new studio releases targeting moviegoers with the message that cineplexes offer more than recycled movie classics and home entertainment titles.
But with COVID-19 generating the highest one-day total (more than 37,000) of new infections in the United States since the pandemic began — predominantly in California, Texas, Arizona and Florida — studios and media companies have hit the hold button.
Disney just a day ago said it was delaying reopening Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif., due to issues regarding meeting the state’s guidelines toward reopening the economy.