Following his ultra expansive mafia epic, The Irishman, for Netflix, legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese is now officially moving forward with production for Killers of the Flower Moon, another ambitious and epic historical crime drama that will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro.
After much back and forth it has now been confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter that Apple has joined in to finance the film alongside Paramount Pictures with the budget so far confirmed as likely to be more than $150 million.
The Hollywood Reporter details that this co-financing deal saw Apple purchase the production and distribution rights to the movie, which will be released theatrically by Paramount and will be streamed on Apple TV+.
It’s a massive win for Scorsese who was holding out for a theatrical release, and now he gets both his theatrical window and his ability to see the film through to completion.
Adapted from the best selling book by David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon is set in 1920s Oklahoma when the Osage Nation discovered oil under their land, the Native Americans found themselves being murdered one by one. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case and unraveled a chilling conspiracy and one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
DiCaprio will star in the film with rumours that he’s either playing an untested FBI agent or the nephew of the film’s lead villain who is torn between love and family duty, while DeNiro will portray cattle baron William Hale, the man who masterminded the murders.
The prospect of seeing DiCapio, DeNiro and Scorsese on the big screen again is fantastic news, and with the intrigue of this project, and the involvement of both Apple and Paramount I believe we’ll get something truly amazing here.
Killers of the Flower Moon will arrive in cinemas in 2021.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter