There has been a lot of anticipation around the legendary filmmaker Martin scorsesethe next movie of The Flower Moon Killers, and for good reason. It is based on a very popular book by David Grann, which chronicles a real event in which wealthy members of the Osage Nation in 1920s Oklahoma were murdered, sparking a major FBI investigation in the area. It’s fascinating material to me, and Scorsese has enlisted a top-notch cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse plemons, Robert de niro, and Lily gladstone and is set to begin production on the original Apple film in Oklahoma with a hefty $ 200 million budget. It’s a big, expensive western that tackles one of America’s greatest original sins, and screenwriter Eric roth thinks he has the potential to be something incredibly special.
I spoke with Roth recently as part of the Oscar campaign for David FincherBest Netflix Film Nominated For Film Mank, on which Roth is a producer, but I couldn’t help but ask about The Flower Moon Killers, that the Oscar winner Forrest Gump and The initiate screenwriter wrote.
Roth revealed that the filming on The Flower Moon Killers finally starts in Oklahoma in about two weeks, and acknowledges that it’s been a long process to bring this one to the screen:
“I think it’s my fifth or six years on this. And there were a few changes that were interesting about what Leonardo was going to play there. I think in the long run – we’ve all had our moments trying to figure out how best to portray things because the story has so much impact – and I think we ended up with exactly the right material and that Marty made the right decisions. I just think he’ll do – and obviously I would say this – but I think [of] all my work, this one could be one of the great movies. I really think so. I think it has all the ingredients in it, which I don’t want to spoil, but the story is so important.
The project was originally set up at Paramount Pictures before moving on to Apple, reportedly due to fears that DiCaprio would transfer his role of the play’s “hero” – FBI agent Tom White – to a character. more complicated and ambiguous that has a familial connection to the mastermind of the Osage murders.
Roth noted that Scorsese’s goal with the $ 200 million film is to make what is arguably one of the last big budget westerns, given Hollywood’s shift to almost exclusive support for intellectual property. known with such large budgets:
“I know Marty is trying to make a movie that is probably the last western that would be made like this, and yet, with this amazing social document underneath, and the violence and the environment. I think it won’t look like anything we’ve ever seen, in a way. And so this one is, to me, one for the ages.
I asked Roth if Flower moon is a western in its own right, and he said the answer was both yes and no while finally acknowledging that for him it feels like a westerner:
“I mean, people will wear costumes and everything because it’s 1921. It’s during prohibition, but I think the ethos is very western. And also, I think western justice, about how they said you couldn’t find 12 white men to convict a white man for killing a Native American. You would have a better chance of getting them convicted for kicking a dog. And that’s kind of the feeling about it. And then also you have these amazing people, the Osage family that a character walks in and gets married, and who’s a villain and who isn’t. And then in that comes some sort of heroic guy – Tom White, his name was, who plays Jesse Plemons – who was in the Texas Rangers, and you couldn’t be more western than that.
Given the rumors that DiCaprio has moved on to a supporting role, I asked Roth if Plemons is now the film’s lead, and he clarified that the parts of Plemons and DiCaprio are roughly equal – it’s just that one is the “hero” and the other the character is more complicated:
“I will not tell [Plemons is] the head. I would say he was the designated hero. But yeah, I think it’s fairer because I think the parts are pretty even and they were always equal to a certain extent, and Leo’s part is very complicated and very interesting. It’s a smart part for a smart actor to play. I mean, if Montgomery Clift was alive, I think he might think about playing it.
The excitement was palpable in Roth’s voice, but he warned that given the long production run (filming runs until July), audiences shouldn’t expect to see The Flower Moon Killers in theaters before 2022, but that’s all to be expected. He added that Scorsese “knows this like the back of his hand” because he has been preparing the project for so long. And the writer and the filmmaker seem to have got along very well, despite the various changes that the project went through to become reality.
“Marty is a wonderful and special human being,” Roth added. “I would work with him rain or shine.”
Look for a lot more of my interview with Roth on Collider soon.
He’s a man, see, but he’s got these big crab claws too. 10/10 no ratings.
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