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Theater owners: 'The Irishman' 'deserved better' release

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Netflix paid the bills, they call the shots.

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I wonder if Scorsese had anything to do with Netflix cancelling all of its Marvel series (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Punisher, etc...)?

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Netflix paid the bills, they call the shots.

But they're not saying Netflix can't do what it wants with its own production. The debate is whether Scorsese deserves better - an extended 90-day theater release for his film.

The theaters want to screen his film for at most 90 days guaranteed from Netflix not to stream it during that time period. Because once Netflix starts streaming it, it doesn't make financial sense for the theaters to continue screening it.

A lesser acclaimed director may not deserve 90 days on the big screen. The theaters think a director like Scorsese deserves 90 days. But Netflix wants to stream his film sooner than 90 days. So there's the debate between them and Netflix.

I wonder if Scorsese had anything to do with Netflix cancelling all of its Marvel series (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Punisher, etc...)?

That's more to do with Marvel, or more specifically its owner Disney. Even if Netflix makes those Marvel series popular, it'll only eventually benefit Disney's competing streaming platform. So it doesn't make sense for Netflix to continue with them.

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I wonder if Scorsese had anything to do with Netflix cancelling all of its Marvel series (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Punisher, etc...)?

Nope. That was down to Marvel. It's a pity, mind as some of those series were excellent.

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The debate is whether Scorsese deserves better - an extended 90-day theater release for his film.

Scorsese says in the story:

"We decided to make it with the understanding that it'll maybe never be shown in theaters. They said, 'You would have a time in theaters' — a few weeks or whatever. I said fine. The idea was to make the movie, you see,"

So he has no problem with it. The theatre owners are the ones who are complaining - and they would have had a shot except they demanded too much from Netflix (their competitor most of the time). They have noone to blame but themselves.

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So he has no problem with it. The theatre owners are the ones who are complaining - and they would have had a shot except they demanded too much from Netflix (their competitor most of the time). They have noone to blame but themselves.

90 days is the industry standard, but they were having discussions for a compromise:

Netflix and theater chains, including AMC and Cineplex, negotiated extensively earlier this year on a compromise but ultimately failed to reach agreement.

We don't know what they demanded on the compromise. But if they were gonna screen the film, they would want enough time to earn their licensing fee money back and turn a profit, before Netflix streams it. How much time they'd need depends if the movie turns out to be a high-flyer (less time) or if it turns out to be a slow-burner (more time).

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Well bob deniro is Italian playing an Irish man in the movie so it's not real enough to give suspension of disbelief. He should go back to trashing President Trump. Can't say I'll watch that movie.

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This is the kind of movie that a lot of people are going to want to see on the big screen. I appreciate the fact that Netflix alone was willing to invest the cost of deaging technology that made the Irishman so expensive but it isn't going to garner the increased subscriber base that they are expecting.

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No, they weren't....Maybe as comic books, not as movies.

The Netflix adaptations were television/streaming series, not movies. Daredevil and Jessica Jones being the best. If I must pick over their bones, I'd say that there was a little too much soap opera stuff crammed into each of the shows and some suffered from padding as a result. But even the much maligned Iron Fist had a vastly improved second season.

With Daredevil, Vincent D'Onofrio would certainly give De Niro a run for his money in the acting chops. His characterization of the Kingpin was one of the most scariest gang bosses on the screen for years.

Not long until Scorsese's new epic drops. Looking forward to it.

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No, they weren't....Maybe as comic books, not as movies.

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