Christopher Nolan's new film "Tenet" will be released on August 12 instead of July 31 due to the spike in coronavirus infections in the United States, which has previously forced the launch of this project to be postponed.
The premiere of "Tenet" is being followed with absolute attention in Hollywood as it was to be the first major blockbuster to land in theaters following the coronavirus crisis that has kept theaters closed for months across the globe.
Starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki, "Tenet" is a thriller about which not much is known apart from the fact that its premise revolves around the manipulation of time.
Unlike the next franchise installments like "James Bond" or "Mission: Impossible", which have been delayed for several months, the Warner Bros. studios decided to keep this blockbuster on the calendar as the great return to theaters after the pandemic.
But data on the virus in the North American country, with more than 38,000 new coronavirus infections this Thursday and the reopening of the slow economy in southern and western states, altered the company's plans.
ATTENTION TO "MULAN"
Thus, "Tenet" had to give up the honor (and the considerable financial risk) to the new version of "Mulan", a Disney film that will initially be released on July 24 after having canceled its March premiere.
But the specialized press in Hollywood quotes sources from the company who assure that they are studying a new date, which would mean lengthening the stoppage of activity of the cinema business, which had begun to open in certain areas of the United States with measures of social distancing. .
ECONOMIC RISK IN HOLLYWOOD
The economic challenge for the film industry is twofold: On the one hand, the absence of titles on the billboard prevents movie theaters already open from being able to recover the public, but, on the other hand, the restriction of capacity and uncertainty could mean that both films generate losses to studios if they reach the premises.
To pay off a Hollywood blockbuster (which is over $ 100 million in budget and even $ 200 million), a studio doesn't just need the theaters to be open, but also to be working at full capacity.
"Tenet" required a budget of more than $ 200 million, while the new "Mulan" featured one of the largest disbursements from the Mickey Mouse factory for classic retrofits: It has exceeded $ 250 million.