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Netflix buys Scorsese, De Niro & Al Pacino's gangster movie 'The Irishman'

23 Feb 2017 | Rasmus Larsen |

Netflix is pulling in some of the biggest stars to establish its role in the Hollywood film industry. The latest scoop is Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino's gangster movie 'The Irishman', according to Indiewire.

Netflix takes on the window model

Netflix released a couple of movies in 2016 but 2017 will be the year where stars such as Brad Pitt and Will Smith join the movement.

If you are still skeptical that Netflix can take on the big boys the latest project may force you to reconsider. Netflix has reportedly bought the exclusive global rights to Martin Scorsese’s ’The Irishman’, which is a $100m budget title.

The movie has been in the works since 2008 at Paramount. The original plan was to sell rights on a country-by-country basis as part of the classic “window model” that the movie industry was founded on. The model dictates that a movie should go through windowed releases starting with the cinema.

With Netflix helming the project ’The Irishman’ the movie will presumably premiere at the same time in all of Netflix’s 190 countries. You will be able to see it at home from day 1.

Martin Scorsese


The ninth collaboration

The movie will be the ninth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro following in the footsteps of blockbusters such as ’Taxi Driver’ and ’Goodfellas’. It is based Charles Brandt’s book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’ that details the life of hit man Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran.

A source speaking to Indiewire claims to know that one reason why the partners signed on with Netflix had to do with the artistic freedom that Netflix offers. The company does not try to dictate specific elements of the movie.

Netflix has declined to comment on the matter but it is believed that the movie will premiere in 2019. Netflix has approximately 94 million subscribers and added more than 7 million subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2016 alone.

- Source: Indiewire



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