During tonight’s Oscar telecast, Martin Scorsese’s jam-packed Netflix film, The Irishman, got a teaser — kind of? If you feel teased by seeing names like “Robert de Niro” and “Al Pacino” fade in and out of a black screen with a CGI bullet standing in for the letter i, then immerse yourself in this very insubstantial “peak” at a legend’s next film. All that’s missing is Mark Wahlberg adding a, “Say hi to your mother for me!” The Irishman starts streaming on Netflix “this fall,” and it will also have a theatrical run.
Update, February 27: Martin Scorsese wants The Irishman to get a full theatrical release, and Netflix is meeting his demand. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming site will expand the limited theatrical run it gave Roma and give The Irishman a full run — which means movie theaters will get to report the movie’s box-office numbers. “Netflix wants a big footprint for The Irishman,” a source told THR. “They’ve put themselves in a position by supporting these kinds of filmmakers where they have to come to grips with the theatrical business model and how it works.”
Whatever Netflix does with The Irishman, its release strategy will probably affect its other buzzy movies from big-name directors that could have awards-season play: Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers movie The Laundromat, David Michôd’s Timothée Chalamet drama The King, Dee Rees’s Anne Hathaway–Willem Dafoe adaptation The Last Thing He Wanted, Fernando Meirelles’s The Pope, and an untitled Noah Baumbach film starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.