Apple lands troubled Martin Scorsese movie Killers of the Flower Moon starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio after creative and budget issues sparked war between top studios
- Apple Inc Signs for Production of Director Martin Scorsese’s Next Movie, Killers of the Flower Moon, Insiders Confirmed Wednesday
- Paramount Envisioned the project last year, but allowed Scorsese’s team to shop around after the budget rose to over $ 200 million
- Apple beat top studios MGM, Universal and Netflix in a battle for the movie
- Killers of the Flower Moon is based on David Grann’s 2017 non-fiction bestseller
- It is about a series of murders of Native Americans in Oklahoma in the 1920s
Apple Inc reportedly landed director Martin Scorsese’s next movie Killers of the Flower Moon starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro after a fierce battle between studios.
Paramount Pictures acquired the project last year, but allowed Scorsese’s team to shop around after the budget rose to over $ 200 million, causing both financial and creative problems.
All of Hollywood’s top studios were screaming to get their hands on the movie, including MGM, Universal and streaming giant Netflix, which produced Scorsese’s latest movie The Irishman.
But it was Apple that emerged victorious in the battle for the film, which will be the biggest foray into film yet under the streaming service launched last November.
Deadline, who was the first to report the news, said the film will be called an Apple Original Film, and Paramount will be distributing it theatrically.
Apple Inc reportedly landed director Martin Scorsese’s next movie Killers of the Flower Moon after a fierce battle between studios. Scorsese is pictured with the movie stars Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in 2018
Killers of the Flower Moon is based on the 2017 bestseller Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by author David Grann.
The book is a mystery about a series of murders of wealthy Oklahoma Osage Native Americans in the early 1920s, after oil supplies were discovered beneath their land.
The subsequent investigation established the Federal Bureau of Investigation and marked a pivotal moment in America’s evolution from its border era.
Paramount raised concerns about the film’s budget early on, even before the coronavirus pandemic halted Hollywood production.
Scorsese, DiCaprio, De Niro, and the film producers at Imperative Entertainment, who paid $ 5 million for the book rights, insisted it be a large-scale western, sources told Deadline.
The script has undergone several rewrites to curb costs, which are expected to exceed $ 200 million after tax cuts from a recording session in Oklahoma.
But in the end, Paramount’s heads determined that they liked the original script written by Eric Roth better than the rewrites, and gave Scorsese and DiCaprio’s manager Rick Yorn the green light to look for other sources of funding.
Killers of the Flower Moon is based on the 2017 bestseller Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by author David Grann
This is the second major film acquisition that Apple has made in recent days following the acquisition of Greyhound, a World War II movie starring Tom Hanks previously with Sony Pictures.
Hanks also wrote the movie, which is based on the Battle of the Atlantic.
Scorsese’s latest film, The Irishman, also changed ownership during development after Paramount cut the $ 200 million budget and Netflix intervened to take it over.
The film received 10 Academy Award nominations last year, but eventually went home empty-handed.
Paramount declined to comment on the alleged deal with Apple on Killers of the Flower Moon.
The film is highly anticipated, in part because of the reunion of De Niro and DiCaprio, who have not worked together on a major film since This Boy’s Life in 1993.
Scorsese has worked on numerous films with both actors separately.
De Niro and DiCaprio are pictured with Scorsese when he received the Cecil B DeMille Award at the 67th Annual Golden Globes in 2010
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: SYNOPSIS
Below is a summary of David Grann’s 2017 bestseller Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.
In the 1920s, the wealthiest people per capita were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After discovering oil beneath their land, the Osage drove chauffeured cars, built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then they were killed one by one. An Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as her family was murdered. Her older sister was shot. Her mother was then slowly poisoned. And it was only the beginning, when more Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances.
“In this last remnant of the Wild West – where oil men like J.P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperate men like Al Spencer,” the Phantom Terror, “roamed – virtually anyone who dared to investigate the murders was killed. When the death toll surpassed twenty-four Osage, the newly created F.B.I. took up the case, which became one of the organization’s first major investigations into murder cases. But the agency was notoriously corrupt at the time and initially screwed up the case. Eventually, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White assembled an undercover team, including one of the agency’s few Indian agents. They infiltrated the region and struggled to apply the latest modern detection techniques. Together with the Osage, they began uncovering one of the most sinister conspiracies in American history.
“A true murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.”