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Analyst Predicts Another Release Delay For Tenet, Mulan

July 13, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is currently set for release on August 12th, but one analyst doesn’t expect that to stick. Eric Handler, an exhibition industry analyst who is part of MKM Partners, told Variety that there is a “low likelihood” in his estimation that the Warner Bros. sci-fi espionage thriller will open as expected on that date as COVID-19 cases rise in a host of markets including Texas, Florida, and California.

Handler noted that the rise of such cases, as well as New York City slowing its reopening, makes it likely that the film will be pushed out again. As of now, movie theaters in New York are still closed and there’s no word on when they may be able to reopen. The news comes as California governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closing of all bars, restaurants, movie theaters and museums as a response to the resurging rise of COVID-19 cases.

Handler noted that it will be surprising if theaters reopen before September “at the earliest.” That would potentially push The Empty Man and The Broken Hearts Gallery (August 7th), Tenet (August 12th), Mulan and Antebellum (August 21st), and Bill & Ted Face the Music (August 28th) out of their spots. In addition, scheduled September films like A Quiet Place Part II, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The King’s Man, and more could be pushed back as September becomes crowded.

It is predicted that Tenet and Mulan delay announcements could come in the coming days.