While the launch of Apple TV may not have been the type of success that the tech behemoth was hoping for, tossing your hat in the ring with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Robert De Niro is certainly one way to get there, are reports indicate the company as acquired the trio’s upcoming film, Killers of the Flower Moon.
Deadline hears that the tug of war over one of the highest-profile films in Hollywood is about over. Apple will win the derby for the Martin Scorsese-directed film Killers of the Flower Moon, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in the lead roles. The deals are being papered — Paramount still has to sign off — but I’m told when they are, it will be an Apple original film, and Paramount will distribute theatrically worldwide. [via Deadline]
Set to star long-time collaborators Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, Killers of the Flower Moon tells the story of the mysterious mass murder of Osage Indian tribe members after oil was discovered on their land in the 1920s.
Based on the book of the same name, Killers of the Flower Moon is set in Oklahoma during a period from 1921 to 1926 when over 20 members of the Osage tribe were killed (although some reports have indicated that the death toll was actually over 100). At this time, reports indicate that De Niro is set to play William Hale, a rancher and convicted murderer who played a massive roll in the chilling serial killing.
The film will mark the first time that DiCaprio and De Niro have appeared in a film together since 1996’s Marvin’s Room. Surprisingly enough, despite the fact that both De Niro and DiCaprio have been Scorsese’s go-to stars over the last half-century, the pair have actually never appeared in a film together that was helmed by the legendary director.
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