Robert De Niro is in close negotiations to re-team with director Martin Scorsese and his frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio for the film “Killers of the Flower Moon.” The drama follows the true account of the multiple murders of members of the Osage Indian tribe in 1920s Oklahoma when it was learned they had oil on their land. The news, reportedly exclusively by Deadline, comes just a day after the announcement Scorsese’s gangster drama “The Irishman” will be opening the New York Film Festival.
The film is an adaptation of David Grann’s nonfiction book, “Killers of the Flower Moon:The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” Grann is also the author of “The Lost City of Z,” which became a feature film directed by James Gray. Scorsese met with Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear of the Osage Nation, where it was revealed De Niro will be playing the role of serial killer William Hale in the film. Among the chatter Scorsese is also working closely with the Osage Nation to scout locations and represent the story in truth.
From the Deadline article:
In a meeting with Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear of the Osage Nation this past weekend, Scorsese said De Niro would be playing the serial killer William Hale, the Osage News reported. Per the Osage News report, Scorsese and Chief Standing Bear spent two-and-a-half hours together on Friday at the Osage Nation campus,. The gist of the meeting was how the Osage Nation could help with the filming.
“We want to make sure your people have everything they need, in terms of Osage artisans, Osage language … those people are still here in the community and would love to help,” Standing Bear said.
This collaboration with De Niro is another one for the books after Scorsese’s “Mean Streets,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Taxi Driver” and “Casino.” DiCaprio has also grown to become a recurring actor in Scorsese’s films such as “Gangs of New York,” “The Departed,” “The Aviator,” “Shutter Island,” “The Audition” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
“Killers of the Flower Moon” will be produced by Imperative Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Sources report a final budget is waiting to be approved before clearing and finalizing schedules for production to start mid-2020.