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In 2020, America may ruin the American movie-going experience. But hey, if you’re willing to plop down 30 bucks, you’ll be able to watch Mulan next month.

A FEW DAYS ago, Seth Rogen made a joke. Not entirely surprising—the man does comedy for a living—but this one had a sharper ring of truth than the average zinger. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Rogen noted that as he and his production partners attempt to navigate filmmaking during Covid-19, they’ve been following one, um, tenet: “'WWCND' is basically what we're saying at all times. 'What would Chris Nolan do?'” Rogen said, referring to the director. “For a while, it seemed like the answer was to kill his greatest fans. But that's not the answer of today, it seems, so that's good. But we have no idea. We don't want to be the first to rush into anything.”

On the day of Rogen's interview, Warner Bros. had just announced that it would be releasing Nolan’s movie Tenet internationally on August 26, and in US theaters where it's safe to do so on September 3. The studio previously planned for an August 12 release date, but that seemed increasingly likely to expose American moviegoers to the coronavirus—hence Rogen's quip about Nolan and his fans. Rogen recently released his own new film An American Pickle on HBO Max instead of giving it a theatrical run, and his is just the latest film to find its way to streaming as many US cinemas remain closed amidst Covid-19 lockdowns. For a while, it seems, many Americans are going to have to see new releases at home.

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