When various reports surfaced that Martin Scorsese’s next film Killers of The Flower Moon had its budget balloon to $200-230+ million it seemed like Paramount Pictures wouldn’t likely move forward with it.
The project is based on the novel Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI by author David Grann with a script penned by screenwriter Eric Roth (Dune, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON – A mystery about a series of murders of wealthy Osage Native Americans in Oklahoma in the early 1920s, after oil deposits were discovered beneath their land. The ensuing investigation established the FBI and was a pivotal moment in the evolution of America from its frontier era.
Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro are set for the lead roles. Leo and Robert haven’t worked together since the 1993 film This Boy’s Life, where De Niro played Leo’s abusive stepfather.
Multiple suitors had been in the mix to help finance including Universal, MGM, Apple, and Netflix.
Deadline first reported that a deal seemingly has been struck with Apple partnering to help cover the costs. The film will be distributed first theatrically by Paramount and the film would later become an exclusive streaming title on Apple TV+.
Production was expected to take place this spring/summer in the state of Oklahoma before the Coronavirus and budgetary issues delayed things.
Apple had recently acquired the Tom Hanks WWII film Greyhound from Sony Pictures as another Apple TV+ exclusive.
Hopefully, we’ll start hearing more casting news shortly.