De Niro, DiCaprio And Scorsese Unite On This New Serial Killer Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio might be taking to the red carpet to promote Tarantino's highly anticipated Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood, but it seems his endless career trajectory of bouncing between Scorcese projects is set to continue for at least a little while longer. Both DiCaprio and the legendary director have officially attached themselves to their next project: an adaptation of non-fiction crime book Killers of the Flower Moon.
While the dynamic duo working together was hardly a surprise, new reports suggest another longtime Scorsese collaborator could be joining the picture, too. Who might that be you ask? None other than Robert De Niro. This will mark the third time DiCaprio and De Niro have teamed up for an appearance on the big screen, having previously starred together in 1993's This Boy's Life and 1996's Marvin's Room. However, it will be the first time DiCaprio, De Niro and Scorsese all come together to combine their creative and dramatic talents – kind of like Captain Planet but with less of the lycra suiting and environmental impacts.
For those unaware of the book, it's a hell of a read, and right up Scorsese's Alley. Written by American Journalist David Grann (who also wrote The Lost City of Z), the book investigates a number of murders of Osage (a midwestern Native American tribe) people that took place in Osage County, Oklahoma in the early 1920s. After big oil deposits were discovered beneath their land, the Osage became the richest people per capita in the world. The book paints a local cattleman as the instigator of the murders, and also tells of the setting in which the story took place – during which Native Americans were heavily discriminated against.
“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,” said Scorsese. “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.”
DiCaprio has worked on a number of Scorcese's more historical films before, most recently starring in The Wolf of Wall Street alongside biographical films like Gangsters of New York, The Aviator and The Departed. The project will mark the sixth film DiCaprio and Scorsese have worked on together in total. Eric Roth, who earned an Oscar for writing the screenplay for Forrest Gump and also boasts writing credits on A Star Is Born, Munich, and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, is set to pen the adaptation.
According to Variety, Imperative Entertainment executives have met with the Osage Nation and the team is scouting locations in the coming months with production set to commence during the summer of 2019. Scorsese's next crime epic – The Irishman – is also set to hit screens next year.