Warner Bros. revealed they are prepping Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated feature for an "unconventional theatrical rollout" with a new release date to be announced "imminently".
"Tenet", due out on August 12, was scheduled to be the first major Hollywood movie out in US theaters following the shutdown in mid-March.
"Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates", studio chairman Toby Emmerlich said in a statement sent to AFP.
The movie was expected to hit Irish cinemas on 17 July initially, though it had recently been pushed back by number of weeks due to Covid-19.
Emmerich also announced that The Conjuring 3 is moving from September 11 to June 4, 2021.
The new plan for Tenet could be to gauge where it's safe to reopen theaters and start there, which means that ... we could be stuck here in the States avoiding spoilers online all because no one wanted to take this virus seriously, so thanks for that, America.
By the sounds of it a new release date for Tenet is just around the corner. As Tenet was hoping to open the door to the rest of the year's delayed films, it seems likely that those Disney summer offerings will also slide back accordingly once WB decides on a new plan.
President and CEO of Cineplex, Ellis Jacob, says that his company's business will ramp up over the summer as big blockbuster films arrive in August, and hopes that their commitment to reopening safely will restore the trust of movie-goers. It may be a much different rollout, with the film opening in staggered global release. Emmerich also said on Monday that "we are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release", and Variety reports "there's a chance" the film could end up first playing overseas in countries where theaters have been permitted to reopen.
"From "Memento" to "Inception" to Dunkirk" by way of the Batman "Dark Knight" trilogy, the creative British filmmaker has carved out a singular niche on the industry.
Warner Bros intend for Tenet to spend a good while showing in cinemas, as Nolan is a big supporter of the big screen.
But the surge of the virus across much of the USA has upended the industry's aims for even a late-August return.