Apple Original Films announced today that Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated “Killers of the Flower Moon” will be exclusively released in partnership with Paramount Pictures in limited theaters worldwide on Friday, Oct. 6, and widely released on Friday, Oct. 20, before streaming globally on Apple TV+.
The film, directed by Scorsese and written for the screen by Eric Roth and Scorsese, is based on David Grann’s best-selling book of the same name, “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Set in 1920s Oklahoma, the film depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, John Lithgow, Brendan Fraser, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, Jillian Dion, Tantoo Cardinal and Tatanka Means.
There is much anticipation for the film worldwide, especially with the star power the film packs. Not to mention the Osage community, with many Osages who either worked as actors, background actors, or on the set and production.
Gladstone, the actress who portrays Mollie Burkhart, said at the Sundance Film Festival in January that Scorsese and DiCaprio listened to the Osage community, which ultimately changed the direction of the film. In early March, costume designer Jacqueline West said at the end of a masterclass for Qatar’s Doha Film Institute that she and DiCaprio believe “Killers of the Flower Moon” is a “masterpiece.” She also made further comments to Deadline.com that the film follows the book and the Native cast is excellent.
Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear said in his State of the Nation today that, “Our language department also completed subtitling efforts for the ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ movie.” Sources told the Osage News that a handful of Osages flew to New York City in December for a viewing of the film with Scorsese and DiCaprio, Standing Bear being one of them.
It has also been reported by IndieWire.com the film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, but reps for Apple declined to comment.
“Killers of the Flower Moon” was produced alongside Imperative Entertainment, Sikelia Productions and Appian Way. Producers are Scorsese, Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas and Daniel Lupi, with DiCaprio, Rick Yorn, Adam Sommer, Marianne Bower, Lisa Frechette, John Atwood, Shea Kammer and Niels Juul serving as executive producers.
Most of the filming took place on the Osage reservation in the communities of Pawhuska, Fairfax and Ralston.
“Killers of the Flower Moon” will premiere alongside upcoming Apple Original Films including “Napoleon,” the upcoming film starring Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix from Academy Award-nominated director Ridley Scott and produced by Scott and Academy Award nominee Kevin Walsh; the star-studded spy thriller “Argylle,” with Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, John Cena, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose and Samuel L. Jackson; the broadly praised “Tetris,” which stars Taron Egerton and recently held its world premiere at SXSW; acclaimed documentary “STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie”; feature documentary and Sundance selection “Underrated: Stephen Curry”; “Ghosted,” a high-concept romantic action adventure film starring Chris Evans and Ana de Armas; “Blitz,” from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sir Steve McQueen; an untitled Formula 1 feature film starring Brad Pitt from director Joseph Kosinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and more.
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