Major US cinema chains refuse to screen Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'

  • Major US cinema chains refuse to screen Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'

Major US cinema chains refuse to screen Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'

After butting-heads with movie theaters, Netflix has chose to get creative with Martin Scorsese's The Irishman. Instead, Netflix has booked the Martin Scorsese crime epic at the historic Belasco Theatre in NYC from November 1 through December 1.

For Netflix, it's important to release the movie theatrically to ensure the film gets awards recognition, though given the money on offer at the Box Office were probably hoping to recoup some of the film's expensive budget through its box office receipts. Martin Scorsese directed the 1977 Liza Minnelli Broadway musical The Act. "Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber, and their team at Netflix have continued to find creative ways to make this picture a special event for audiences and I'm thankful for their innovation and commitment".

Indeed, Martin Scorsese is a man who is all about preserving the idea of cinema and the theatrical experience. It is also set to hit select theatres in the USA on November 1 before airing on Netflix on November 27.Scorsese's directorial is also up for screening at the 14th Rome Film Fest which will commence on October 17 and will last till October 27.Based on the Charles Brandt novel "I Heard You Paint Houses', the film will take the audience back to post-WWII America exploring the world of organised crime.Along with De Niro and Pacino, the film also stars Bobby Cannavale, Harvey Keitel and Anna Paquin". The price tag is said to be in the $170 million neighborhood. It goes to independent movie theaters and film festivals at times for movies to qualify for awards. This is one creative way to accomplish that goal.

Typically, most of the big theatres prefer a 90-day window before a movie can be released to a network, as this ensures that have a monopoly on the movie viewing and allowing them to maximise their profits, especially considering that the studio takes most of the proceeds in the first few weeks of release before they to take a higher percentage of the proceeds. AMC and Regal wanted a full, three-month, traditional theatrical window before The Irishman was made available on Netflix. The streaming service wouldn't budge.

Netflix signaled earlier this year that it was hoping to cut more deals for broader theatrical releases, and the platform even agreed to start showing films in theaters prior to a streaming release in hopes that would help it make inroads in negotiations.

"It's an enormous honor for The Irishman to be welcomed to the Belasco - an iconic and historic landmark fit for Scorsese's latest cinematic achievement", added Scott Stuber, head of Netflix Film. The Irishman hits Netflix on November 27.