The film did, however, increase the prestige of Netflix's film branch and may have also led to more subscribers worldwide.
That's what Martin Scorsese is probably thinking as the legendary director's next gangster movie "The Irishman" is reported by IndieWire to have been snapped up by the streaming service. It's not clear whether those deals are still in place seven years later, or if De Niro and Scorsese will be making their way to Netflix on their own.
The project, which has been in the works for decades and will mark the ninth time Oscar winners Scorsese and De Niro have worked together, is an adaptation of the Charles Brandy book "I Heard You Paint Houses", which looks at hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, who allegedly told Brandy for the book that he killed Jimmy Hoffa.
An official start date has not yet been set for the project, which was first announced back in 2008. One of the more notable films that made Netflix a major player in the independent scene was Beasts of No Nation, which was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2016.
Robert De Niro in Scorsese’s 1990 classic Goodfellas
The picture was already in pre-production when Netlfix swept in and made their offer, with Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese at the helm. Netflix wants to be home to the best. Unlike Amazon, Netflix's streaming rival which releases its films in theaters before they appear online, Netflix releases the films it distributes online the same day as in theaters. The Irishman was originally supposed to be distributed internationally via STX and domestically via Paramount. However, changes at the top of Paramount following a disappointing 12 months for the studio have caused Scorsese to have second thoughts and he has chosen to conclude a deal for his project elsewhere, report IndieWire.
Compared to Paramount Pictures' tumultuous last few years, the move to Netflix seems necessary.
Netflix has successfully secured the rights to what is shaping up to be the most anticipated film of the decade, shelling out $105million for the rights to 'The Irishman'. However, we sincerely hope a substantial theatrical roll-out is planned as seeing a new Scorsese film for the first time from our couch just wouldn't feel right.