Apple secures deal for Martin Scorsese’s next with Leonardo DiCaprio

Lawrence Kim
May 29, 2020

MGM and Netflix were among the potential suitors that kicked the tires. While the studio and producers were figuring out what would happen to "Killers of the Flower Moon", sources say the Oscar victor was looking at a handful of projects to do before it, including Adam McKay's next film for Netflix that also stars Jennifer Lawrence, which could possibly go before "Killers of the Flower Moon" if DiCapprio were to sign on. This is similar to the deal Scorsese made for The Irishman, which ran briefly in theaters before debuting on Netflix. This is the second time Scorsese has had trouble with making his film due to cost-related issues.

After it was reported last month that Oscar victor Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) was in negotiations with multiple streaming services for financing his long-in-development adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon, The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that Paramount Pictures and Apple have entered final talks to co-finance the film. The script is based on a mystery surrounding a series of murders of wealthy Osage Native Americans in Oklahoma in the early 1920s after oil deposits were discovered beneath their land. As the death toll rose, the newly created Federal Bureau of Investigation took up the case and unraveled a chilling conspiracy and one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.

The director turned to Netflix, personally reaching out to film head Scott Stuber. But that may not have been enough, keeping in mind the $55 million per day cost. Imperative first bought the book and would later bring on Scorsese and DiCaprio to reteam on the project before bringing it to Paramount. Recently Apple acquired Greyhound, a World War II movie written by and starring Tom Hanks.

"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. Download our Android App now!

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