Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' delayed again, some fans say it's the best option while others demand VOD release

The film, which cost $200M, was meant to arrive in theaters on July 17 but was later pushed to July 31 and will now be released on August 12


                            Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' delayed again, some fans say it's the best option while others demand VOD release
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Disappointing news for Christopher Nolan fans. Warner Bros has had to delay the release date for 'Tenet'. This is the second time the film has been delayed. The tentpole had been primed to kickstart moviegoing after the cinema closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. The film, which cost $200M, was meant to arrive in theaters on July 17 but was later pushed to July 31. Now, it will be released on August 12, as cases are spiking in the US again. 

"Warner Bros is committed to bringing ‘Tenet’ to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time," a Warner Bros spokesperson said in a statement. "In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release. We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy."

Fans are worried about the wait but some say that this is the best option, for now. Others think that August is not a safe option at all. "I think it’s a responsibility thing too. Nolan is pushing hard for Tenet to be the first movie people see back on the big screen. August is obviously way too soon considering the growing numbers. Moving back by a couple of weeks or even a month at a time is too little for safety," a fan wrote. "#Tenet has been delayed. It'll be delayed again. I saw the Interstellar tidal wave scene in theaters and am so glad, but I wouldn't risk dying or killing my wife for it. Either delay it to next year or streaming release it," another tweeted. 

Some wish for the film to come out on digital release while others are determined not to see it on television and think that the film deserves to be on the big screen. "I don't want to see Tenet at home, and I have a big TV. I want to see it in the theater, the way it was made to be seen. I can wait until next year. It's not unusual for films to be finished and wait months for release," another tweeted. "This will not be the last delay for Tenet, mark my words," a fan wrote.

There were potshots at 'New Mutants', which has been delayed continuously. A fan wrote, "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become New Mutants. Seriously though, just drop Tenet on vod and be done with it," a fan tweeted.

As it's been emphasized that 'Tenet' is about time-inversion and not time travel, another fan wrote, "Tenet was always going to be released in August. It just *appeared* like it was going to release in July. It’s not time travel, you guys. It’s time *inversion.*"

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