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Leonardo DiCaprio is set to re-team with longtime collaborator Martin Scorsese for a silver-screen adaptation of true-crime thriller “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI”, a novel by “The Lost City of Z” author David Grann.
DiCaprio and Scorsese have reportedly been eyeing the project for months, the rights to which were bought for $5million in 2016 by Imperative. The critically acclaimed duo are said to be developing the piece from the ground up alongside Imperative co-founders Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas, with Scorsese’s longtime production designer, Dante Ferretti, telling Variety that Scorsese wished to begin filming as early as March 2018.
A script for the movie has been drafted by Forrest Gump and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button scribe Eric Roth, and will focus upon the murders of Osage nation people in 1920s Oklahoma after oil was discovered beneath their land. It was, in real-life, one of the first homicide investigations by the newly developed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Scorsese’s next film, Netflix Original The Irishman, will begin shooting in early September, though it remains unclear whether the film will be released theatrically.