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Coronavirus cases are spiking around the country, and consequently Christopher Nolan's anticipated thriller "Tenet" is being delayed yet again.

Originally planned for July 17 before scooting two weeks not even a month ago, the secretive sci-fi action film starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson is now slated to open in theaters Aug. 12. Warner Bros. also announced Thursday that a planned re-release of Nolan's "Inception" to celebrate its 10th anniversary is moving dates, too, from July 17 to July 31.

In a statement from Warner Bros., the studio remains committed to bringing "Tenet" to the big screen when theaters and public health officials feel it's time to return, but also maintain the need for flexibility.

Warner Bros. also hopes a midweek release and an extended play period gives audiences extra time to see "Tenet" in theaters.

Movie theaters: AMC reverses optional face mask policy after public outcry

Disney's live-action remake "Mulan" (July 24) is potentially the first blockbuster-type movie to hit theaters as cineplexes aim to reopen next month. Also on tap: the Russell Crowe road-rage thriller "Unhinged" and the romantic comedy "The Broken Hearts Gallery" (executive produced by Selena Gomez), both opening July 10.

But studios and movie theaters both continue to face uncertain times as well as release dates. Last week, AMC Theatres – the nation's largest chain – reversed its optional mask policy after public outcry, and theaters are still working out guidelines to welcome crowds back. AMC plans to have most of its theaters open on July 15 while Regal Entertainment, the No. 2 theater chain, will start reopening on July 10.

Contributing: Jenna Ryu

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