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Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Might Actually Be Released In Theatres After All

Netflix is currently in discussions with some cinemas in the United States to release 'The Irishman' in theatres.

The rule with Netflix is that a film is directly available on the platform without hitting theatres. But, as we saw with Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, which enjoyed an exclusive release three weeks before being available, the streaming giant can sometimes derogate from the rules. With The Irishman, the history could repeat itself, a source reported to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Netflix wants a big footprint for The Irishman. They've put themselves in a position by supporting these kinds of filmmakers where they have to come to grips with the theatrical business model and how it works."

The film with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci will be screened on September 27 at the New York Film Festival. After this preview, Netflix would like to release the film in cinemas so that it can be eligible for the Oscars. As for Martin Scorsese, the director would also press for The Irishman to be released in theatres, says The Collider. Robert De Niro had even announced it at the Marrakech International Film Festival.

According to the New York TimesNetflix is currently discussing with AMC Theaters and Cineplex, the two largest theatre chains in the United States. While waiting for the negotiations to end, Netflix is well aware that, one way or another, this film will have to be released in theatres to be able to claim the maximum number of Oscar awards.

Netflix Is Adopting New Strategies

In addition to The Irishman,  is also reviewing its theatrical release strategy with five other Oscar-nominated films: Steven Soderbergh's The Laundromat, David Michôd's The King, Dee Rees' The Last Thing He Wanted de Dee Rees, Fernando Meirelles' The Pope, and Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story de Noah Baumbach, lists The Hollywood Reporter.

Year after year, Netflix multiplies its prestigious awards and always strikes hard at international festivals. This year, at the Oscar ceremony, the platform presented two films and won a record thirteen nominations, including ten for Roma and three for The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs. 

If the Coen brothers' film came home empty-handed, Alfonso Cuaròn's film won three golden statuettes and notably the Oscar for Best Director, proving its legitimacy in the industry.

By Lucille Bion, published on 22/08/2019

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