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‘Tenet’ is too long for Chinese movie theaters because of new COVID-19 rules

New COVID-19 rules may create a risk for the new film

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Robert Pattinson and John David Washington in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Tenet.”

Robert Pattinson and John David Washington in “Tenet.”

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The release of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” may have hit another snag this week because of its runtime.

What’s happening:

  • Per IndieWire, “Tenet” might be too long of a film to run in Chinese movie theaters, which recently implemented new rules because of the novel coronavirus.
  • China’s new rules say movies can’t run for longer than two hours during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • “Tenet”— which has no official release date in China — has a 150-minute runtime.
  • Nolan could change the runtime of his film so that it could run in these theaters. “Plenty of studios have given in to China’s restrictions in the past and made cuts to their movies in order to play in the country, which continues to represent a huge chunk of the global movie market,” per ScreenRant.

We’re still unsure about release dates:

  • The China Film Administration said it will allow movie theaters in “low-risk” areas to reopen this week, BBC News reports. Most of the country is considered “low risk.”
  • Some of the new rules include 30% capacity. Temperatures will be taken at the door. Masks will need to be worn inside, too. Guests will have to buy tickets online, according to BBC News