Martin Scorsese Says “The Irishman” Wouldn’t Have Worked as a TV series

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in "The Irishman"

In case you were wondering, despite being three and a half hours-long, Martin Scorsese has never thought about releasing his latest film The Irishman as a limited series. 

After its theatrical release, Scorsese’s mob epic has finally hit Netflix worldwide and the acclaimed director talks about the conversation saying that the story could have played out over a couple of episodes.

“You could say, ‘This is a long story, you can play it out over two seasons’ — I saw somebody mention that,” the director said. “Absolutely no. I’ve never even thought of it. Because the point of this picture is the accumulation of detail. It’s an accumulated cumulative effect by the end of the movie — which means you get to see from beginning to end [in one sitting] if you’re so inclined. A series is great, it’s wonderful, you can develop character and plot lines and worlds are recreated. But this wasn’t right for that.”

So just in case you were wondering — the acclaimed director is very sure that The Irishman would not have worked better as a limited series.