To be fair, most major feature releases for 2020 are caught in the same limbo, sharing the fate of many industries suffering under the inept handling of the COVID pandemic by the stupidest administration in US history.
Fans have long anticipated the trailer for Denis Villeneuve's upcoming adaptaion of Frank Herbert's epic sci-fi parable Dune, which was rumoured to be released in early July. It's now almost a certainty that releasing Dune this November would be disastrous, and so the trailer is likely to be pushed back as well to keep marketing efforts in sync with the release schedule.
The delay of Tenet, by far the biggest excitement generator in film this year, has taken the wind out of the sails of most of us sci-fi fans, and Dune following suit doesn't help at all.
The terrifying ineptitude on display in Washington is devastating the country, but there's hope out there. The success of #BlackLivesMatter, the sweeping police reform proposals, and the backlash against the fetish for confederate idols in the south have been a real ray of sunshine for the educated looking for inspiration after the despair of George Floyd's murder. With all this real-world drama happening, it feels trite to pine for film releases, but in a year filled with darkness and fear and doubt, people can hardly be blamed for looking to art to bring hope back to the world. Art has always played a key role in lifting the human spirit, and everyone really needs a lift right now.
There's a glimmer of hope for those of us who find our comfort in the seats at the movie theatre outside the US, however. Variety quotes Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich saying they may consider releasing Tenet internationally before Americans can safely return to theatres:
"“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."
This means that we here in Aoteoroa, where COVID has been soundly imprisoned by clear, science-observant leadership, could be raving about Nolan's new masterpiece sooner rather than later. This raises concerns about piracy and spoilers for the studios, but marketing departments across Hollywood are likely weighing all their options to maximise returns on their marketing efforts.
Variety follows this article with a table of post-COVID film releases that was hopeful to see.