With COVID cases slowly ramping down as more and more people get vaccinated, the number of films and shows in production is also rising — including our cinephile champion Martin Scorsese and his latest feature of the Flower Moon. The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) and Apple Original Films announced that principal photography has officially commenced today, April 19.
Financing Scorsese’s films has become one of the quickest ways for streaming services to gain notoriety and prestige as the movie industry begins to shift to a dual release platform. Netflix bagged his last feature with The Irishman, which garnered an epic 10 nominations at the 2020 Academy Awards. The budding streamer Apple TV+ eagerly snapped him up for Killers of the Flower Moon, a long-gestating adaptation of David Grann’s best-selling non-fiction book of the same name.
Starring Jesse Plemons as well as Leonardo DiCaprio, Killers of the Flower Moon is set in Oklahoma in the 1920s during a particularly brutal series of murders in the oil-wealthy Osage Nation. This string of crimes came to be known as the Reign of Terror and ignited the creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The rest of the cast includes frequent Scorsese collaborator Robert de Niro, Lily Gladstone, Pat Healy and Scott Shepherd. Forrest Gump and A Star is Born scribe Eric Roth serves as the screenwriter, who let it slip that this film will be “one for the ages.”