Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Eye Killers of the Flower Moon


Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are looking to reteam for a new project, Killers of the Flower Moon. Killers of the Flower Moon is based on the origins of the FBI.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are looking at reteaming for Killers of the Flower Moon

Director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio appear to have a potential new project developing with Killers of the Flower Moon. According to Deadline, the pair are “seriously considering” a big-screen adaptation of New Yorker staff writer David Grann‘s just-released nonfiction book. Fully titled Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, the book is officially described by publisher Penguin Random House as follows:

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Grann is also the author of The Lost City of Z. A feature film adaptation of that book enters a wide release today.

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Scorsese and DiCaprio first teamed on Gangs of New York in 2002, followed by The Aviator in 2004, The Departed in 2006, Shutter Island in 2010 and The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013. They have also been planning a big-screen take on Erik Larson’s acclaimed best seller, The Devil in the White City. Check back for updates on both projects as they become available.

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