Coming off from the critical success of The Irishman, multi-awarded filmmaker Martin Scorsese is reportedly in negotiations with Netflix, Apple and other streaming platforms for the financing and distribution of his forthcoming film adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon. According to The Wall Street Journal, the reason why Scorsese is looking to have another partnership with a streaming service is due to the whopping $200 million budget that the Leonardo DiCaprio-led film needs. If a deal pushes through, the likely candidate would be Netflix who has worked together with Scorsese and had committed over $150 million budget on the 10-time Oscar-nominated epic crime film.
Last year, Paramount Pictures was attached to finance and distribute Killers of the Flower Moon. However, due to the big cost that comes with the project, the outlet reports that Paramount has allowed Scorsese and his team to talk with other studios in order for them to attain a better deal.
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Based on the novel of the same name from David Grann (pick it up here!), the film will follow the investigation into the grisly murders of wealthy Osage people in Osage County, Oklahoma in the 1920s shortly after oil was discovered under their land. The FBI, still early in the creation phase, took on the case and discovered a horrible secret behind the spree.
“When I read David Grann’s book, I immediately started seeing it—the people, the settings, the action—and I knew that I had to make it into a movie,” Scorsese previously said. “I’m so excited to be working with Eric Roth and reuniting with Leo DiCaprio to bring this truly unsettling American story to the screen.”
Killers of the Flower Moon, written by Eric Roth (A Star is Born), is produced by Imperative Entertainment, who acquired the rights for the novel for $5 million, as well as Scorcese, Appian Way Productions and Sikelia Productions. It will be starring Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio with fellow Scorsese alum Robert De Niro previously in talks to join the cast.
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Killers of the Flower Moon will mark DiCaprio and Scorcese’s seventh collaboration together after working on multiple Oscar-nominated and winning films beginning with 2002’s Gangs of New York followed by 2004’s The Aviator, which was the actor’s first Oscar-nominated performance with the director, 2006’s The Departed, 2010’s Shutter Island, 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street and the 2015 short film The Audition.
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