Netflix vs Theaters: What’s the controversy related to ‘The Irishman’? Read to find out!

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Martin Scorsese’s new film, The Irishman, is still in the stage of theatrical negotiations. No conclusion has come up between Netflix and national theatre chains AMC and Cineplex. Netflix has invested $12 billion in 2018 for the film.

It is not much of a shock that the online streaming platform has invested so much in the film. This is something of the caliber of Netflix. Also, Netflix is desperate for new, original and fresh content.

Source: IndieWire

Netflix can spend as much as it can to the fullest in TV shows and films to get the title of “Netflix Original Production”.

A film festival like that of Cannes has prevented Netflix and its movies from competing or showing a film that is considered to be gatekeepers for serious award contenders. Others who allow Netflix to compete, face opposition like the Venice Film Festival.

Also, the union directors in America like the Directors Guild, have changed the rules to that, to make a film eligible for nominations. It will be released weeks before in theatres and then, on the online streaming platform.

The Irishman is going to come to a few theatres and is going to release in main cities like Los Angeles and New York. In small areas, the film can be only seen on Netflix.

The shooting for the film is still on and there is no clear decision as to if the film will be seen on the big screen or not. The head of film publicity from Netflix told that it is very early to say anything about the release of the film.

The film is a biographical crime drama which is written by Steve Zaillian. It is based on the book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’ by Charles Bandt. The star cast includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci.

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