Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are set to reprise their dream team as the filmmaker and The Wolf of Wall Street actor have officially joined the adaptation of ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’.
David Grann’s New York Bestselling novel will be adapted for the big screen by Eli Roth. Scorsese will also be producing the project alongside Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Sikelia Productions’ Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Appian Way Productions.
The story is set in 1920s Oklahoma, the Osage Nation were the richest people per capita in the world after oil was discovered under their land. And then they were murdered, one by one. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case and unravelled a chilling conspiracy and one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
On working on the project, Scorsese said:
“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,” 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.”
Location scouting is about to commence with a planned production start in Summer 2019.
Scorsese’s last film in the director’s chair was Silence, 2019 will see the release of ‘The Irishman’ featuring, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. The prolific filmmaker also has an untitled Sharon Stone and Meryl Streep project on the cards as well as the biopic ‘Roosevelt’, which, again has DiCaprio attached to play Theodore Roosevelt.
Last seen on The Revenant, DiCaprio will be seen next year in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’.