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Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon adaptation will be a Western

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While Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is on Netflix, he is looking towards his next project, Killers of the Flower Moon. Set in the 1920’s the film is based on the book, Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI, from author David Grann. It is set to star Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Turns out it may also be a film in a genre Scorsese has not done before, a Western. He was talking to Premiere about the film.

We think it’s a Western. It happened in 1921-1922 in Oklahoma. There are certainly cowboys, but they have cars and also horses. The film is mainly about the Osage, an Indian tribe that was given horrible territory, which they loved because they said to themselves that Whites would never be interested in it. Then we discovered oil there and, for about ten years, the Osage became the richest people in the world, per capita. Then, as with the Yukon and the Colorado mining regions, the vultures disembark, the White man, the European arrives, and all was lost. There, the underworld had such control over everything that you were more likely to go to jail for killing a dog than for killing an Indian.

Leonardo DiCaprio will play the main role, Bob (De Niro) will return to play William Hale, the” king of the Osage Hills “, the man responsible for most of the murders. The rest will be Native American actors. It’s so interesting to think about the mentality that leads us to this. The history of civilization goes back to Mesopotamia. The Hittites are invaded by another people, they disappear and later, it is said that they have been assimilated, or rather, absorbed. It is fascinating to see this mentality which is reproduced in other cultures, through two world wars. And which is therefore timeless, I think. Finally, this is the film that we are going to try to make.

This is the book synopsis:

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case. But the bureau badly bungled the investigation. In desperation, its young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. Together with the Osage he and his undercover team began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Definitely huge potential for a great film with this one.

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