After much talk and months of negotiations, the release plan for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” has been settled.
Netflix will open the Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci-led big-budget crime drama on November 1st in limited theatrical release. The film will keep adding cities over a three-and-a-half week rollout before launching on the streaming service worldwide on November 27th.
Scorsese reportedly wanted the film to have a more traditional rollout, but this release pattern is more akin to that Netflix granted Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” in 2018.
It’s not clear how many screens “The Irishman” will appear on though with big cinema chains like AMC and Regal not showing the film as they demand strict adherence to their 90-day exclusivity window for fear of shortening said window cannibalising their businesses.
Theater chain such as iPic, Alamo Drafthouse, and Landmark have been willing to exhibit Netflix releases in the past and the same is expected here again as well. “Roma” ultimately arrived in 250 theaters in the U.S. and 1,600 overseas and it’s thought that will be the footprint.
“The Irishman” will have its world premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival on September 27th.