Netflix has revealed the release dates and release strategies of its major fall releases including Marriage Story, The Irishman, Dolemite Is My Name, The Laundromat and more.
Most of their films will first land at one of the many high-profile late summer/early fall film festivals but each will see a slightly different rollout in terms of time between theatrical and streaming release. Recently, Amazon buckled and changed its release strategy for its awards contenders to mirror Netflix’s. Meaning, instead of their normal 3-month wait between theatrical distribution and Prime Video debut, their films – like The Report and The Aeronauts – will now see just two weeks pass.
Last year, Netflix was the one who bent, giving its major Oscar push Roma a three-week berth in theaters before streaming and it worked; the film earned 10 Oscar nominations and three wins, including Best Director. But unlike last year, Netflix doesn’t have just a single contender in the awards mix, it has more than half a dozen to juggle. Some will see a three week window, while others will have a month. Still, that’s not enough for most exhibitors, who demand a 90-day window. That means Netflix will again likely have to buy out individual theaters to distribute their films.
The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, will bow in select theaters on November 1 and then hit Netflix on November 27 after opening the New York Film Festival on September 27.
The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas will hit select theaters on September 27 and then debut on Netflix on October 18 after showing at Venice and Toronto.
Dolemite is My Name, starring Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes, follows in theaters on October 4 then on Netflix October 25 after world premiering at Toronto in September.
The King, starring Timothée Chalamet and Joel Edgerton, opens in theaters on October 11 and then be available on Netflix on November 1. It will show at Venice first.
Marriage Story will be in theaters on November 6. It stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, and will last a full month before its December 6 streaming debut. It is the only film that will hit Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals.
The Two Popes, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, debuts in select theaters on November 27, then heads to Netflix more than three weeks later on December 20. It will be seen at Telluride and Toronto.
Other Netflix films coming this fall include Earthquake Bird starring Alicia Vikander, which will open opposite The Irishman in select theaters on November 1 before premiering on Netflix November 15.
Sergio Pablos’ animated feature Klaus will open in select theaters on November 8 before going to Netflix on November 15. Cannes Critics’ Week award winner I Lost My Body and Cannes Grand Prix Award winner Atlantics, both potential International Feature Film Oscar possibilities, will play for two weeks in theaters beginning November 15 before streaming on Netflix November 29.
Missing from this list is Dee Rees’ The Last Thing He Wanted, the follow up to her Oscar-nominated Mudbound. The unfinished film needed more time in the editing room and will now skip the fall festivals for a likely Sundance 2020 bow.