Warner Bros. is reaching out to international exhibitors about a possible late August launch for Christopher Nolan's "Tenet."
According to Variety, distributors in the UK, France and Spain have been told by the studio "to plan for an August 26-28 launch."
It's understood the studio is also aiming to release the film early in Asia, with exhibitors in the region expecting to receive a new date in the next few days.
One exhibitor contacted by the studio, who asked to remain anonymous, told Variety that the tipping point in favor of an international release ahead of a U.S. bow ultimately comes down to the reopening of China cinemas this past week. The strong Asian B.O. performance for "Train to Busan" sequel "Peninsula," which made a sensational debut with $20.8 million across four markets, is believed to have buoyed studio bosses.
"Tenet" was originally scheduled to debut on July 17, but was pushed back to July 31 and then Aug. 12. Its most recent delay followed renewed spikes of COVID-19 cases in major US markets such as Florida and Texas.