Martin Scorsese’s latest gangster-tale adaptation will have a short run at a Broadway theater—but don’t expect a blood-spattered version of Guys and Dolls.
The Oscar-winning director’s newest film, The Irishman—based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa—will be shown at Manhattan’s Belasco Theatre from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, Netflix announced today. It will also appear on Netflix’s streaming service starting Nov. 27.
However, as Variety noted, the movie, which stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, won’t be shown at any of the city’s major movie-theater chains, including AMC, Cinemark, and Regal, although it will appear in smaller venues such as Alamo Drafthouse—in addition to the Belasco, which normally shows only theatrical productions. As The Atlantic pointed out in August, chain theaters normally ask for 90-day exclusivity, so that viewers won’t simply wait for a film to appear on streaming services.
Scorsese has directed numerous film adaptations throughout his distinguished career, including the gangland epics GoodFellas (1990) and Casino (1995), both based on nonfiction books by Nicholas Pileggi. The Age of Innocence (1993) was based on the classic 1920 Edith Wharton novel, and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) on the 1955 book by Nikos Kazantzakis. Other Scorsese-directed book adaptations have included Raging Bull (1980), Bringing Out the Dead (2000), Shutter Island (2010), Hugo (2011), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and, most recently, Silence (2016).
His only Broadway directing credit is for the 1977 John Kander and Fred Ebb musical The Act, which garnered Liza Minnelli a Tony Award—but perhaps the upcoming Belasco Theatre showings will cause him to be bitten by the Broadway bug once again. Kundun Live!, anyone?
David Rapp is the senior Indie editor.