Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ to screen in Broadway theater

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 9, 2019

Bermudian actress and singer Rebecca Faulkenberry is heading back to Broadway, but this time in an epic new crime film rather than a musical theatre stage show.

Martin Scorsese's The Irishman shall be proven at a Broadway theatre after main U.S. cinema chains refuse to point out the movie.

Netflix may not be known for giving its movies wide theatrical releases, but they're certainly getting creative with The Irishman. As a result, Netflix is making plans to show the movie in Broadway in NY while according to Variety, also working with smaller indie-friendly theatres to get the movie out to the country before its small-screen debut.

Apparently, movie theater chains don't like the idea that Netflix will also stream the film only three weeks after the theatrical release. "The opportunity to recreate that singular experience at the historic Belasco Theatre is incredibly exciting". Martin Scorsese directed the 1977 Liza Minnelli Broadway musical The Act.

Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci, the fact-based film will be released globally on the streaming service on November 27. The price tag is said to be in the $170 million neighborhood. This is one creative way to accomplish that goal.

The problem is that AMC and Regal, the two largest theater chains in the country, couldn't reach terms with Netflix in regards to screening the movie.

These days, thanks to the fact that most big studios have their own networks or streaming services, it can be just a matter of weeks before a big-screen move finds its way onto our TV screens. This has been a point of contention in the industry, as studios are pushing for shorter theatrical windows, but theater chains are anxious it will cut into their business.

Scott Stuber, head of Netflix Film, added: "It's an huge honor for The Irishman to be welcomed to the Belasco - an iconic and historic landmark fit for Scorsese's latest cinematic achievement".

The film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in modern American history, the 1975 disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa [played by Al Pacino] and according to the official synopsis "offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics". Yet the crafty ways the company has jumped through eligibility hoops in recent years have earned it the ire of directors like Steven Spielberg and caused a messy withdrawal from the Cannes Film Festival last year after the festival disqualified the company for not meeting French theaters' more demanding exclusivity requirements. Thus far, it has an unblemished 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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