Scorsese, DiCaprio and DeNiro Eyeing True Crime Dramas
In what could be one powerhouse pic, Deadline is reporting that Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert DeNiro are considering coming together to work on a new film adaptation by Eric Roth, writer of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
The film will be based on the upcoming Penguin Random House nonfiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, to which Imperative Entertainment acquired the rights for $5 million. It’s the true story of several murders within the Osage Tribe in the 1920s. When oil was discovered on their lands, the Osage became some of the richest people in America. Then someone began murdering them. Even people investigating the crimes were killed off. Eventually the government had to step in and they handed the case to the newly formed FBI and J. Edgar Hoover.
Although no casting announcements have been made as of yet, since this is still just in the speculative stage, it isn’t expected that DiCaprio will be reprising his role as Hoover from the 2011 film J. Edgar. This will be the sixth collaboration between newly-minted Oscar winner DiCaprio and Scorsese, who is just coming off the critically acclaimed film Silence. They are also developing an adaptation of Erik Larson‘s bestseller The Devil in the White City about a serial killer operating in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair.
DeNiro and Scorsese, of course, are also no strangers. They have collaborated on twelve films, including the upcoming Netflix original The Irishman. Based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, it will tell the story of Frank Sheeran, who confessed to be a hit man who worked for Jimmy Hoffa. In addition to the dynamic duo of Scorsese and DeNiro, this gangster film will also star Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, making this the first time Pacino and Scorsese have worked together.
It should be a great time for high quality dramas when all the work is complete. These three films alone are enough to keep film aficionados salivating, and anticipation will be riding high until all three come to fruition.