If you were hoping to snag a screening for Martin Scorsese’s latest endeavor, The Irishman, in one of those comfy leather recliners at your local AMC, you may not have the chance. Well, maybe.
Netflix head of film publicity Julie Fontaine recently told Variety “It’s premature to say anything at this point.” This is in regards to the entire distribution strategy for the film.
The usual deal is to have their films have a two-week theatrical window, so that they may qualify for Oscars, and sources close to the situation have stated that Netflix film division chief Scott Stuber had promised a theatrical run in 2019. With that in mind, we’d be surprised if they didn’t manage to lay down at least the usual deal for the flick, especially with Scorsese at the helm.
While it’s too early to say, these films usually get day-and-date releases in theaters, meaning they hit theaters at the same time they hit Netflix. In short, it’s usually just a means for them to qualify for Oscars. That being said, this is Scorsese, if there ever was a filmmaker for them to take advantage of a new distribution deal with, it’s him. Who knows? We may see a situation where the film runs a month early in theaters before hitting Netlix.
The Irishman is currently shooting in New York City, and currently has a mammoth $125 million budget (though it could go higher), making it the most expensive Netflix original film to date.
What do you think? Would you rather see this film in theaters, or will Netflix suffice? Let us know down below!
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