Here’s something to be thankful for: Martin Scorsese doesn’t have a Quentin Tarantino-esque, self-imposed “10 Movies and I’m Out” rule. Scorsese has directed upward of 45 (!) films. So it was only a matter of time until he announced his follow-up to 2019's Oscar-nominated The Irishman. On Thursday afternoon, we finally got it.
According to Deadline, Apple has won the rights to finance Killers of the Flower Moon, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro co-starring. We first heard rumblings of Scorsese’s interest in the project, which is an adaptation Davird Grann’s true crime book, Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI, way back in 2017. Though, considering Scorsese’s films involve some very famous (and busy) actors, and rack up $100 million budgets, it took Apple to swoop in to finally make it happen.
As we saw most recently with The Irishman, Scorsese taking on an existing true (well, sort of true) crime book is almost a guaranteed hit. Here’s everything we know about Killers Of The Flower Moon so far.
What is Killers of the Flower Moon About?
Grann’s Killers Of The Flower Moon, which was released in 2017, tells the real-life story of the Osage Native Americans in the 1920s. After outsiders found oil deposits under their land, several wealthy Osage were murdered. Around the same time, the Bureau of Investigation (which later turned into the FBI) was just starting to form. Special agent Tom White took on the case, which led to the arrest of cattleman William Hale, who orchestrated the murders.
During awards season, Scorsese talked a little bit to the French outlet Premiere about the project, which he envisions as something outside of his usual genres of choice: A western.
“We think it’s a Western. It happened in 1921-1922 in Oklahoma. There are certainly cowboys, but they have cars and also horses. The film is mainly about the Osage, an Indian tribe that was given horrible territory, which they loved because they said to themselves that Whites would never be interested in it. Then we discovered oil there and, for about ten years, the Osage became the richest people in the world, per capita. Then, as with the Yukon and the Colorado mining regions, the vultures disembark, the White man, the European arrives, and all was lost. There, the underworld had such control over everything that you were more likely to go to jail for killing a dog than for killing an Indian.”
Who will star in the film?
All we can really be certain of, so far, is that DiCaprio will likely suit up as White, the leader of the investigation. Starring alongside him, too, will be fellow Scorsese vet Robert De Niro, who could play Hale, the cattleman who ordered some of the Osage murders. Although we don’t have any more casting news quite yet, it’s notable (and a little unbelievable, when you think about it) that it’ll be the first time De Niro and DiCaprio will share the screen in a Scorsese flick. You have to go all the way back to the era of Baby Leo for their last collaboration together, 1993’s This Boy’s Life.
When will it hit theaters?
Considering we first heard about Scorsese’s involvement in a Killers of the Flower Moon adaptation nearly three years ago now—that’s not even considering however the coronavirus pandemic will slow down film production—best not to get too excited about this one coming to theaters anytime soon.
For now, maybe give The Irishman a rewatch and see if you don’t find it so long, now that, you know, your perception of time isn’t working quite right anymore.
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