Netflix announces fall slate: The Irishman, Marriage Story, The Laundromat part of upcoming releases

The Associated Press

Aug 28, 2019 10:50:15 IST

New York: Netflix will give The Irishman an exclusive theatrical release for about four weeks, providing theaters most of November to play Martin Scorsese’s big-budget crime epic before it lands on the streaming service.

The Irishman will open theatrically 1 November and begin streaming on 27 November, Netflix said Tuesday.

The release plans for one of Netflix’s most expensive films yet had been a subject of much conjecture ever since the streaming service greenlit Scorsese’s film. The 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.

 Netflix announces fall slate: The Irishman, Marriage Story, The Laundromat part of upcoming releases

Posters of The King (from left), Marriage Story and The Irishman. Images from Twitter

The Irishman, which includes extensive de-aging visual effects to make its star-studded cast — including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci — appear decades younger in some scenes has reportedly cost close to $200 million to make. The film, about hitman and Jimmy Hoffa associate Frank Sheeran, will open the New York Film Festival on 27 September.

Because of the film’s pedigree, theater owners had lobbied Netflix to give The Irishman a traditional, wide release. 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.

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.

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences earlier this year contemplated a new rule stipulating a four-week exclusive run in theaters before ultimately deciding not to amend their rules for next year’s Oscars. On its way to several Academy Award wins, Roma played solely in theaters for just over three weeks.

Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers satire The Laundromat, with Meryl Streep, will open 27 September in US theaters and premiere 18 October on Netflix. The Eddie Murphy-led Dolemite Is My Name will hit theaters 4 October and begin streaming three weeks later.

David Michod’s Shakespeare adaptation The King, with Timothee Chalamet as Henry V, will play theatrically on 11 October and debut on Netflix 1 November. Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, will open 6 November and land on Netflix 6 December. The Two Popes, with Jonathan Pryce playing Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins as his predecessor, Pope Benedict, will open 27 November before a 20 December Netflix premiere.

All of the above titles will make their premieres at the fall’s top film festivals in the coming weeks.

Updated Date: Aug 28, 2019 10:51:13 IST