It’s not finalised yet but a plan is reportedly forming that will see Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” score a theatrical release in select U.S. cities on November 30th, two weeks prior to its December 14th streaming date.
If it happens it would be an unprecedented move for Netflix, which to date has been adamant about theatrical releases getting a simultaneous day and date release on their streaming service and in select theaters.
Mexico’s Oscar foreign-language film entry and considered one of the most likely Best Picture nominees, “Roma” has some of the best reviews of the year with a 99% Rotten Tomatoes score and a 96/100 Metacritic score.
Previously reports had the film scoring a small theatrical run on December 14th, but with that weekend being packed out for the holiday a post-Thanksgiving weekend opening offers a chance for more screens.
The run is expected to be more than just Los Angeles and New York, but will take place in less than twelve cities, and Cuaron is said to be adamant the film plays only in Dolby Atmos venues. However it won’t be played in IMAX cinemas.
For now “Roma” is the only Netflix film planning to go this early release way, with the Coen Brothers’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” planned to have a theatrical and streaming day and date run from November 16th.