Before debuting in streaming, the next megaproduction of Netflix, The Irish (The Irishman), will run on Broadway for a month. More specifically in the historic Belasco Theater, built in 1907, with a capacity for 1,018 people. Not bad, but it looks like a consolation prize: the original idea was to broadcast it in the main movie theaters, which did not work.
As we have already mentioned, for a work to be nominated for an Oscar, it is mandatory that it be shown in the cinema for at least seven days. However, large networks in the United States require an exclusivity of three months, during which the film cannot be available in streaming, digital rental or physical media. Netflix was unable to reach an agreement with the film companies to shorten this period.
So, between November 1st and December 1st, The Irish it will be played eight times a week at the New York theater, following the same schedule of Broadway shows, with exhibitions on Tuesday to Sunday nights and Saturday and Sunday matinees. The film will also be set in smaller movie theaters to meet Oscar requirements. The launch on Netflix will only happen on November 27.
According to deadline, this will be the first film to be shown at the Belasco Theater in all of its 112 years of history. To make the show possible, Netflix promises to provide state-of-the-art projection equipment. Tickets, which will be sold starting next week, will run for $ 15.
The IrishMartin Scorsese will star Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. According to Netflix, this is an “epic saga of organized crime in postwar America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a hit man who worked alongside some of the most notorious 20th century ”.
Scorsese’s production cost Netflix coffers $ 159 million, according to the Los Angeles Times – this is a figure that we were only used to seeing in films funded by Disney. The quick one-month screening at Belasco and independent movie theaters certainly won’t pay the bills, but it should help Netflix pay for part of the costs. And maybe get some statuettes.