by Sherif Awad
Killers of the Flower Moon is a new film by Martin Scorsese will reunite Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro after This Boy’s Life, the 1993 drama. Eric Roth wrote the script based on the book by
David Grann. The story revolves on Members of the Osage tribe in the United States who were murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover. The strings of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror.
Robert De Niro was rumored to be one of the leads in the project since 2017 until it was finally confirmed on Instagram by Martin Scorsese on July 29th, 2019 that De Niro would play William Hale in the film.
This will be the sixth collaboration between Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio. While this will also mark the tenth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro and the eleventh collaboration if the short film The Audition (2015) is taken into account. However, this will be the first time that Scorsese, De Niro and DiCaprio will have all collaborated together on a feature film.
Robert De Niro first introduced Martin Scorsese to Leonardo DiCaprio after working with him on This Boy’s Life (1993) and being impressed by his talent. Scorsese remembered this, years later, when casting Gangs Of New York (2002) and thus began his long collaboration with DiCaprio.
Screenwriter Eric Roth confirmed the rumors that Leonardo DiCaprio fought to rewrite Roth’s original draft. Rumors about the project’s script have percolated since May of 2020, when The Hollywood Reporter published a story explaining that DiCaprio’s overhaul of Roth’s original script was the primary factor in Paramount Pictures’ decision to sell the film to Apple. In Roth’s version of the film, DiCaprio was starring as the hero, a federal agent working for the newly-established FBI, who heads to the Osage Nation to solve a series of murders. DiCaprio pushed to revise the script so he would take on the nephew of the villainous killer played by Robert De Niro. In the revised version, DiCaprio would portray the villain’s nephew, torn between love and the evil machinations of his uncle.