Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are officially reteaming.
This will mark the director and actor’s sixth feature together.
Imperative Entertainment has attached Scorsese to direct and DiCaprio to star in the feature adaptation of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” the New York Times best-selling book by David Grann.
Imperative acquired the rights to the book in 2016. DiCaprio and Scorsese quickly expressed interest in the project, and have been loosely attached since 2016.
Scorsese will produce alongside Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Sikelia Productions’ Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Appian Way Productions. Eric Roth is penning the script. The pic is expected to be both Scorsese and DiCaprio’s next project.
“When I read David Grann’s book, I immediately started seeing it — the people, the settings, the action — and I knew that I had to make it into a movie,” said Scorsese. “I’m so excited to be working with Eric Roth and reuniting with Leo DiCaprio to bring this truly unsettling American story to the screen.”
DiCaprio and Scorsese first worked together on the ambitious, albeit sprawling and bloated Gangs of New York. DiCaprio then shined as eccentric recluse Howard Hughes in the terrific The Aviator. Scorsese won his long overdue Best Director Oscar for the gritty, whiplash-inducing The Departed featuring powerhouses like DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Martin Sheen. Scorsese and DiCaprio then collaborated on the oddity that is Shutter Island before stunning audiences with the excessive and irreverent The Wolf of Wall Street, which earned nearly $400 million worldwide. With DiCaprio’s intense and introspective performance style perfectly complimenting Scorsese’s energetic, unflinching, and frenetic directorial approach, the duo’s partnership has resulted in wonderful and inventive creative territory. And Killers of the Flower Moon surely won’t be the last of their collaborations.