Following the success of Netflix’s big-budget “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s next feature film is “Killers of The Flower Moon” for Apple TV+ starring Jesse Plemons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Brendan Fraser, John Lithgow, and Robert De Niro. An adaptation of David Grann’s non-fiction investigation of a series of murders that plagued the Osage people (American Indigenous community) during the 1920s after oil was discovered on their land and became some of the richest people of that era. It will focus on when the FBI got involved in the investigation, as Plemons will be playing an FBI Agent. It looks like we finally have an idea when we’ll get to watch the new film thanks to an unlikely source.
The film’s screenwriter Eric Roth (“Dune”) spoke with IndieWire recently and let it slip that the thriller is looking at a release in November, as it’s currently in the editing process. It should be noted that the studio hasn’t announced an official release date.
“When you’d assume: next November. I’ve heard he’s well on his way to getting the editing done,” Roth said concerning the film’s release in the fall awards season.
Roth also commented on the future of films and isn’t as concerned with event blockbusters dominating, “I’m not going to talk about the artistic, interesting intellectual movies or literary ones, because they’ll show in one theater for a while and that’ll be the end of it. But the mainstream love stories and stuff; I don’t know what their place will be. There’ll be enough that come and go I guess. And of course, the Marvel and ‘Spider-Man’ and all the things that are wonderful rides like ‘Dune.’ There’s nothing wrong with the big, giant things that fans still love to see. I just miss watching things on a 40-foot screen with an audience.”
Scorsese hasn’t had a film appear in a film festival competition in ages (“Hugo” at New York Film Festival doesn’t count because it was an unfinished, surprise screening). Could that possibly change this year with Apple looking to make a bigger splash than usual, or does the Scorsese brand sell itself and need not a festival boost? Time will tell. Until then, fingers crossed that tentative November date holds, and remember that Apple spent a cool $200 million on the production of what will likely be a sumptuous looking film with no expense spared.