"The Irishman" will arrive on Netflix on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving in the US
Martin Scorsese’s "The Irishman" will be shown in select movie theaters beginning November 1 before arriving on Netflix on November 27.
Many major international cinema operators, however, have opted out of screening "The Irishman" because of the early Netflix release date. The $159 film will only be showing in eight cinemas in New York and Los Angeles. The dispute arose as cinemas have traditionally demanded a 90-day window between theatrical release and on-demand availability. Scorcese claims, however, that Netflix “alone allowed us to make The Irishman the way we needed to” and so backed the streaming service in their bid to release within the same month.
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The Irishman, in theaters beginning November 1st and on Netflix November 27th. pic.twitter.com/896Y3rMay1— The Irishman (@TheIrishmanFilm) August 27, 2019
Deadline reports that "The Irishman," clocking in at a staggering 210 minutes, will make its world debut on September 27 as the opening-night film at the New York Film Festival. The film will also be shown at the London Film Festival on October 13, according to IMDB.
IndieWire reports: “On November 1, it will open in Los Angeles and New York, followed by a platform release in the U.S. and the U.K. November 8, adding more theaters each weekend on November 15 and November 22. When it premieres on Netflix November 27, it will see ‘an expanded theatrical release in the U.S. and international markets.’”
While "The Irishman," which is produced by streaming service Netflix, will make its way to some theaters in both the US and the UK, it won’t be showing in any of the major theater chains. Deadline notes: “the four-week progression to SVOD [subscription video on demand] remains unacceptable to those chains. The major exhibitors remain dug in on the three-month moratorium before films can begin their ancillary runs, an effort to protect their brick and mortar businesses.
“If those chains made an exception for Netflix’s Scorsese film, every studio but Disney would be breathing down their necks to shorten the windows that would allow awareness from large P&A [print and advertising] spends to not be largely forgotten by the time most theatrical releases hit that second leg of their revenue waterfalls.”
"The Irishman" sees Oscar-winners Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino team up for the first time in more than 20 years. The star-studded cast also features Robert DeNiro, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, and Joe Pesci, among others.
Netflix describes "The Irishman," which is based on the book "I Heard You Paint Houses," as"an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th Century. "
"Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries, and connections to mainstream politics."
Catch the trailer for "The Irishman" here:
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