BREAKING: Netflix Will NOT Be Giving Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' a Wide Theatrical Release
According to breaking news reports, Netflix will not be giving ‘The Irishman’ a wide theatrical release after the streaming giant failed to agree to terms with major theater chains. Instead, Netflix will opt to make the film available to its subscribers as quickly as possible while still qualifying for end-of-the-season awards.
As a result, ‘The Irishman’ will land in select indie cinemas in New York and L.A. starting on November 1. It will then modestly expand into additional markets throughout the U.S. and the U.K. over the course of the next three weekends. Then, just 26 days after its initial opening, the picture will debut via Netflix on November 27, similar to how Alfonso Cuarón's Oscar-winning film ‘Roma’ was handled last year.
Theater chains typically insist on a 90-day window between the time a title opens and when it is released via streaming. Earlier this summer, sources say Netflix offered up a 30-day window before talks soured.
Last week, AMC CEO Adam Aron said in a statement that talks with Netflix had resumed, but that his company has to be mindful of all other stakeholders when it comes to shortening the window. In the days since, however, Netflix and AMC weren't able to reach a compromise, and it seems the issue is now firmly settled with neither side reaching a compromise.