NEW YORK – Hollywood's hopes for salvaging its summer season have effectively ended after the releases of both Christopher Nolan's “Tenet” and the Walt Disney Co.'s live-action reboot of “Mulan” were again delayed.
With reported cases of the coronavirus surging in parts of the U.S., Disney on Friday followed Warner Bros. in pushing “Mulan” to late August. The film, initially planned to open in March, had been slated for July 24. It's now moving to Aug. 21.
Late Thursday, Warner Bros. also postponed “Tenet,” starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, from July 31 to Aug. 12. The studio stressed the need for flexibility.
“We are choosing to open the movie mid-week … and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement.
AMC Theaters, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark – the three largest circuits in North America – had all set a timetable for nationwide reopening in early to mid-July with the aim of first playing catalog movies (including Nolan's own “Inception”) and a smattering of smaller films as a lead-in to summer tentpoles.
Theaters are allowed to be open in Indiana at 50% capacity, with full capacity expected to begin July 4.