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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese reunite for Killers of the Flower Moon

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Story by Jack Foley

LEONARDO DiCaprio is to reunite with director Martin Scorsese for a film adaptation of true-crime thriller Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

Based on the best-selling book by David Grann, a staff writer for the New Yorker and author of The Lost City of Z, the film – which would be set in the 1920s – focuses on a string of murders of members of the Osage nation in Oklahoma after oil was discovered beneath their land.

The chilling series of slayings was one of the fledgling FBI’s first major homicide investigations.

The script for the film has reportedly been drafted by veteran Oscar-winning scribe Eric Roth, with shooting expected to begin in spring next year, after Scorsese completes work on his latest project, The Irishman.

Details of the shoot were revealed by Dante Ferretti, Scorsese’s long-time production designer, who has worked with Scorsese on nine movies from The Age of Innocence through Silence.

He told Variety that he was heading to Oklahoma to do preliminary location scouting for Flower Moon, while a lot of preliminary research was also being carried out.

Scorsese himself is currently getting ready for an early September shoot on The Irishman, a gangster movie that will focus on the life of mob hit-man Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, played by Robert De Niro.

Several sources have confirmed that The Irishman will be financed by Netflix, though the deal has yet to be officially announced.

DiCaprio will be working with Scorsese again following past success including The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and Gangs of New York.

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