Monday, June 17, 2024

Movie Release August Schedule for “Tenet,” “Mulan” Will Be Scuttled as Gov. Newsom Closes California Theaters


California Governor Gavin Newsom has pretty much finished off the summer movie season. He just closed all theaters in the state.

That should be the end of Warner Bros’s “Tenet” and Disney’s “Mulan,” among other films, opening before Labor Day.

Both films have been moved several times. For Warner’s, which has struggled with getting the Christopher Nolan movie out, this will be a tremendous frustration. But it would be impossible to open movies this summer without open theaters in New York, California, or Florida.

“Tenet” was set to open on August 12th. But now the studio should really aim for the end of the year. The 10th anniversary release of Nolan’s “Inception” set for July 31st doesn’t look very likely either.

“Mulan” has been moved many times by Disney, which now will likely release it on DisneyPlus after the huge success of “Hamilton.”

With Newsom’s latest decision, all movie releases for theaters are now up in the air. But keeping people healthy is more important.

The Governor is rolling back most of the situations in California as COVID continues to spike. Nearly every county is affected. All indoor dining is ceased. All bars are closed, indoor and outdoor.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Read more

In Other News