The new Martin Scorsese movie, which reportedly cost about $200 million to make and stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, will open in theaters Nov. 1 but it won’t be getting a traditional wide theatrical release.
The movie, “The Irishman,” is from Netflix, which says it will run the movie in theaters for about four weeks before it begins streaming it Nov. 27.
“Because of the film’s pedigree, theater owners had lobbied Netflix to give ‘The Irishman’ a traditional, wide release,” the AP reports. “But the major theater chains, including AMC and Cinemark, have refused to play movies that don’t adhere to the standard 90-day exclusivity window. Netflix instead has said the film will be released in select theaters.”
The movie, about hitman and Jimmy Hoffa associate Frank Sheeran, is one of Netflix’s most expensive films to date. It will open the New York Film Festival on Sept. 27.
The AP notes that Scorsese, the film’s director, “is one of the most ardent proponents of cinema preservation, but Scorsese earlier told The Associated Press that he signed up with Netflix without any condition of a theatrical release.”
The report adds: “Netflix last fall first began releasing certain titles in theaters first, beginning with Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma,’ the Coen brothers’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ and the Sandra Bullock thriller ‘Bird Box.’ This fall, they will expand that strategy to more films and, in some cases, elongate theatrical runs to about four weeks.”