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Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated thriller “Tenet” is being delayed for the third time as coronavirus cases continue to spike in the U.S.

Nolan’s sci-fi thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson was originally planned for release July 17, then pushed back twice, to July 31 and Aug. 12. Warner Bros. announced Monday that the secretive sci-fi action film will now release … well, they don’t know when.

“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from exhibitors and remain steadfast in our commitment to the theatrical experience around the world. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to re-evaluate our release dates,” Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, told The Associated Press in a statement. 

The studio also announced that “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” has been postponed to June 4, 2021. The latest film in the horror franchise was expected Sept. 11. Also delayed: “The Broken Hearts Gallery,” the romantic comedy executive produced by Selena Gomez. The movie, previously pushed back from July 17 to Aug. 7, is now on hold indefinitely.

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The delay of “Tenet” comes as a disappointment to U.S. movie theater chains, many of which have used the film’s release date as a reference point for their reopening plans. It’s likely that other upcoming films, such as Disney’s live-action “Mulan” (slated for Aug. 21) and the Russell Crowe road-rage thriller “Unhinged” (slated for July 31), will follow suit and delay their theatrical releases. AMC, the largest movie theater circuit in the nation, originally intended to reopen July 30, while Regal Cinemas planned to reopen July 31. 

Throughout the summer, many new films have shifted their release dates as COVID-19 cases rise. “Wonder Woman 1984,” director Patty Jenkins’ hotly anticipated superhero sequel starring Gal Gadot as the title Amazon warrior, has switched from Aug. 14 to Oct. 2, while “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” the third installment of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter’s time-traveling comedy series, has moved back its release two weeks to Aug. 28.

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Contributing: The Associated Press and Brian Truitt, USA TODAY


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