Published May 28, 2020Apple Studios' catalogue just grew by over three hours. That's right: the company is reportedly acquiring the new Martin Scorsese film.
Killers of the Flower Moon sounds awfully similar to every other recent Scorsese film, in that it's a period crime drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. And given that he's clearly not going too far outside of his comfort zone here, it's safe to assume that it will be absurdly long.
Paramount produced the film, having acquired it in 2019. It's not quite clear how much Apple will be paying, but the budget is apparently big — according to The Hollywood Reporter, the original budget plan was around $150 million, but it's since grown. The deal doesn't appear to be set in stone, but the companies are apparently in the final stages of an agreement.
As previously reported, Killers of the Flower Moon is based on a 2017 non-fiction book by David Grann. It examines a series of murders than took place in the 1920s in Oklahoma, when wealthy members of the Osage Nation were murdered over oil deposits beneath their land. It was a key moment for the FBI, which had been recently formed.
In a statement last year, Scorsese explained of the film: "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."
Scorsese's last film, The Irishman, was released on Netflix and allegedly cost over $200 million to make (which is well higher than commonly reported price tag). Evidently, making a film that's twice as long as other films is also twice as expensive.