With most movie theaters still closed, Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the release dates for both Tenet and The Conjuring 3 have been pushed back again. The release dates for the studio’s Wonder Woman 1984 (October 2, 2020) and Dune (December 18, 2020) remain unchanged for now.
Previously scheduled for August 12, 2020, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has been taken off of the Warner Bros. release schedule for now. The studio says it may now release the movie overseas first, since international markets are opening faster than North American theaters.
Tenet had originally staked out a July 17, 2020 release date before being moved back to July 31 and then again to August 12. It’s unclear when we might see the anticipated film now.
As far as The Conjuring 3, aka The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, the third installment has been moved back from September 11, 2020 to June 4, 2021.
“Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theater partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
“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 reevaluate our release dates.”
He added: “Amidst all this continued uncertainty, we have decided to vacate the current dates for our next two releases. We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s wholly original and mind-blowing feature.
“We are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that. Additionally, we will be moving the next installment from our most-successful horror franchise, The Conjuring 3, to June 4, 2021.”
John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle Tenet. Armed with only one word — Tenet — and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion.
The cast also includes Robert Pattinson (Twilight films, upcoming The Batman), Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh. Christopher Nolan directed from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen.
The film is being produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas. Thomas Hayslip is serving as executive producer. The movie reportedly carries a budget of $205 million, making it Nolan’s most expensive original film.
Nolan’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson. The Warner Bros. released is a Syncopy Production and the score is being composed by Ludwig Göransson.
James Wan’s The Conjuring films have been highly profitable for Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema, with the first film costing just $20 million to make and grossing $319.5 million worldwide in 2013, while the second movie cost $40 million and made another $320.4 million globally in 2016.
That’s not even counting other films in The Conjuring Universe, such as the successful Annabelle films, The Nun, and The Curse of La Llorona.
Annabelle Comes Home opened in theaters in June of last year and grossed $228.6 million worldwide. That film was preceded by The Curse of La Llorona, which earned $122.1 million globally. La Llorona was directed by Michael Chaves, who will be taking over the director’s chair from Wan on The Conjuring 3. David Leslie Johnson wrote the script.
Wan will still produce and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are returning as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who appeared in smaller roles in Annabelle Comes Home.