In a sign of the anxiety that Netflix is causing the film industry, the president of the National Association of Theater Owners has blasted the streamer's handling of "The Irishman."
The drama, directed by Martin Scorsese, is screening at a total of eight outlets starting Friday. Those include the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and the 1,015-seat Belasco Theater in Manhattan. Nov. 8.
Netflix has refused to say which locations will be hosting the 209-minute crime drama after this weekend. "The Irishman" wants to begin streaming on Nov. 27 – short of the traditional 72-day window for movies in theater before moving on to other platforms. Netflix is therefore continuing its policy of not reporting big. [1
NATO President John Fithian said he was disappointed that Netflix and theater owners could not get a "The Irishman" on more screens. "It's a disgrace," he said. Netflix is leaving a "significant money on the table" warning that Netflix is becoming a less attractive destination due to its being on a short window.
"It's a very big disappointment," he said. "This is a major director, a cinephile, who has made all kinds of important movies for our industry. The 'The Irishman' has been written for the first time. Netflix still has time to course correct and accommodate filmmakers who want a real theatrical release. If they do not want their competitors, surely. "
" The Irishman "has a budget of $ 160 million and is one of Netflix's major Oscar season hopefuls. It's the ninth time that Robert De Niro has worked with Scorsese and the first time Al Pacino has been directed by the filmmaker. The cast also includes Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, two longtime Scorsese collaborators.
Based on Charles Brandt's nonfiction book "I Heard You Paint Houses," "The Irishman" Frank Sheeran (De Niro) and Labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), who disappeared in 1975 under the mysterious circumstances and has never been found.
Netflix's plan for "The Irishman" is similar to his release pattern last year for Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma," which had a 21 -day release at independent theater before it starts streaming.
"Roma" won Academy Awards for Cuaron as director and cinematographer and took the foreign language movie trophy and lost the best picture Oscar to "Green Book." Netflix's release policy may have been inspired by a backlash among voters.
The New York Times first reported on Fithian's comments. Scott Stuber, Netflix's head of original film, shrugged off NATO's concerns and told the newspaper, "For the Irishman," he said opportunity to see it that way. But I think people are going to love it just as much on Netflix. "