Netflix Sets ‘The Irishman’ Theatrical and Streaming Release Dates
This Thanksgiving, millions of families will gather together, settle around the hearth — a hearth is a TV right? — and watch a $200 million Martin Scorsese movie about a digitally de-aged Robert De Niro. What a world.
Perhaps the single most anticipated movie of the fall finally has its official release date. The Irishman, the first film from director Martin Scorsese and star Robert De Niro in decades, will open in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on November 1. Following a limited release, the movie will be available for Netflix subscribers on November 27.
The movie will play in some indie theaters, but it will not get a wide release, despite efforts from Netflix to make that happen. Once again, movie theaters are hesitant to program movies that will also be playing on Netflix with days or weeks of its theatrical release. More from Deadline:
While Netflix executives Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber and distribution head Spencer Klein certainly tried over the past few months to find common ground with major movie chains including AMC and Cineplex, The Irishman won’t be playing in multiplex screens controlled by those companies, or Regal and Cinemark, because the four week progression to SVOD remains unacceptable to those chains. The major exhibitors and NATO remain dug in on the three-month moratorium before films can begin their ancillary runs, an effort to protect their brick and mortar businesses.
It would be great if everyone could see it on a big screen if they wanted, but any new Scorsese/De Niro joint is better than nothing. So great ready; The Irishman will be playing in theaters and on Netflix by Thanksgiving.
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