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Netflix Foregoes Wide Theatrical Release for Martin Scorsese's THE IRISHMAN
Not even a Martin Scorsese mob pic could bridge the divide between Netflix and cinema chains.
The streamer will forgo a wide theatrical release for Scorsese's The Irishman in order to make the film available to its subscribers as quickly as possible, a longstanding policy that doesn't fly with exhibitors. There had been rampant speculation that the Oscar-hungry Netflix might further soften its stance in regard to honoring theatrical windows, but in the end, it couldn't reach a compromise with chains including AMC and Cineplex.
The Irishman will open Nov. 1 in select indie cinemas willing to carry the drama. More than three weeks later — or 26 days to be exact — it will debut Nov. 27 on Netflix, much as Alfonso Cuarón's Oscar-nominated Roma did last year. This rules out the sort of big-screen blitz Scorsese and other seasoned directors are used to, unless something changes at the 11th hour. (The Irishman makes its world premiere Sept. 27 at the New York Film Festival, where it's the opening night film.)
Last year, Netflix acknowledged the value of the theatrical experience when announcing that Romaand other Oscar hopefuls would play exclusively in cinemas for two to three weeks before being made available to its subscribers. But that wasn't enough to appease all Oscar voters — or theater chains, which insist on a 90-day window between the time a title opens and is released on home entertainment (for digital sell-through, it can be 74 to 76 days).
When Roma lost the best picture race even while winning best director and best foreign language film, some cited the lack of box office grosses for the snub. According to sources, top Netflix executives and Scorsese himself immediately began a dialogue with theaters to see what could be done for The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel.
Scorsese has been nominated for the Oscar for best director eight times, more than any other living director. He's also a proven force at the box office. Hits include The Wolf of Wall Street, which grossed nearly $400 million globally, and the Oscar-winning The Departed ($291 million).
Based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, The Irishman tells the deathbed story of a mob hit man who claimed to have had a role in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.
Earlier this summer, sources say Netflix offered up a 30-day window before talks broke off.
In the weeks just before and after last year’s Oscars, some Academy members were debating proposing a rule that would have required a four-week exclusive release for a film to qualify for the industry’s highest honors. Ultimately that rule was never proposed, but Netflix’s minor expansion of its theatrical window this year suggests the streamer has been willing to inch closer to traditional business models for certain films with awards prospects (Roma's exclusive theatrical window was 23 days).
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 its studio partners in terms of shortening the window. In the days since, Netflix and AMC weren't able to reach a compromise, according to sources.
Netflix is hardly alone in questioning the validity of the traditional 90-day theatrical window, considering that most films earn the majority of their gross in the first few weeks. And with the rise of other streaming services such as Disney+, the debate is sure to grow louder.
In the meantime, without the support of a chain like AMC, Netflix will continue to be relegated to playing its titles in indie cinemas such as the Landmark, iPic and Laemmle. (Netflix either rents the locations, known as "four walling," or pays generous terms.)
Netflix picked up The Irishman, costing as much as $200 million to produce, after Paramount stepped aside. Scorsese shot the movie on both film and digital and is relying on Industrial Light & Magic to de-age his principal cast for flashback sequences.
MORTAL KOMBAT Adds Chin Han as Shang Tsung and Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion
New Line continues to ramp up its pre-production on its Mortal Kombat reboot, tapping Chin Han to play Shang Tsung and Hiroyuki Sanada to play Scorpion.
The two join Joe Taslim (Sub Zero), Ludi Lin (Liu Kang), Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Josh Lawson (Kano), Tadanobu Asano (Raiden), Mehcad Brooks (Jackson “Jax” Bridges), Sisi Stringer (Mileena) and Lewis Tan.
While the plot of the film remains unknown, the video game centers on a massive roster of character fighters from different realms in a fictional universe battling for supremacy. Greg Russo penned the current version of the screenplay.
Shang Tsu is one of the few original Mortal Kombat characters, having debuted in the first Mortal Kombat arcade game as the final boss. Shang Tsung is a powerful evil warlock and shapeshifter who absorbs the souls of those he defeats in order to maintain his youth and power. As the great sorcerer of the Outworld, Shang Tsung wants Earth defeated so he can build an empire. He is the arch-nemesis to Liu Kang, who will be portrayed by Ludi Lin. In the original pic, he was played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
As for Scorpion, another classic character from the original Midway game, the antihero was an undead ninja warrior seeking revenge for the person who killed him.
Mortal Kombat is set for a March 5, 2021, release.
Best known for starring opposite Christian Bale in The Dark Knight, Han was most recently seen starring with Dwayne Johnson in “Skyscraper.” His other recent work includes Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence, Netflix’s Marco Polo and Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell.
Sanada most recently appeared in Avengers: Endgame and will next be seen in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, Minamata and the upcoming season of Westworld. His other credits include The Wolverine, Rush Hour 3 and Sunshine.
First Teaser Trailer for Christopher Nolan's New Espionage Film TENET
Looks decent enough. Will try.
Oldman + Banderas + Streep + Soderbergh
New Trailer for TERMINATOR: DARK FATE Comes a Day After Judgment Day
Not thread worthy but good send off if they make Angel Has Fallen the last movie in the series
Nick Nolte was a great addition and Danny Huston to me is always a solid by the numbers villain , gets extra points for offing an annoying character in the flick.
Action is Straight forward and bloody and I like that Gerard Butler is like a controlled bull that just mows people down.
Thanks for the heads up. I liked the first movie, so I'm hoping this will be similar to that. But will wait to watch it when it hits home media.
Ben Wheatley to Direct Alicia Vikander in TOMB RAIDER Sequel for March 2021 Release
Ben Wheatley has been set to direct MGM’s Tomb Raider sequel, with the studio setting a release date of March 19, 2021. Alicia Vikander is reprising her role as the lissome, treasure-hunting action heroine Lara Croft.
Amy Jump is writing the sequel script and Graham King is producing through his GK Films banner, and Elizabeth Cantillon.
Wheatley directed the films Kill List and Free Fire, and he is in post production on Rebeccafor Working Title Films.
Directed by Roar Uthaug, last year’s first film grossed $275 million worldwide. Production on the sequel will begin early next year.
The first movie was loosely based on the critically-praised 2013 video game reboot of the franchise, which re-oriented Lara as a younger, less experienced raider of tombs before promptly chucking into a harrowing deep end to help forge her into the adventurer fans have known and loved for decades. Whether or not Tomb Raider 2 will go its own way or take inspiration from that reboot’s follow up games, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, remains to be seen.
First Trailer for BAD BOYS FOR LIFE Starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence
Trailer for Writer-Director Taika Waititi's WWII Whimsical Comedy JOJO RABBIT
Writer director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as JoJo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism. In Theaters October 18, 2019
Starring Human Torch/Killmonger, Captain Marvel, Electro and The Leader.
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