If Martin Scorsese’s mob epic The Irishman wasn’t your cup of tea, his next project may be more your speed. The director revealed in a recent interview with French magazine Premiere that his forthcoming movie Killers of the Flower Moon will be a Western.
The film will star frequent Scorsese collaborators Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio, and it’s based on David Grann’s 2017 book of the same name about a series of murders that hit the Osage community in the 1920s.
“We think it’s a western,” Scorcese told the publication. “It happened in 1921, 1922, in Oklahoma. They are certainly cowboys, but they have cars, and also horses. The film mainly talks about Osages, an Indian tribe with which we gave a horrible territory, but which they loved because they said to themselves that the whites would never be interested in it. Then we discovered oil there and for about ten years, the Osages became the people richest in the world, per capita. Then as with the Yukon and the mining regions of Colorado, the vultures disembark, the white man, the European arrives, and all that is lost…There, the underworld had such control over everything that you were more likely to go to jail for killing a dog than killing an Indian.”
Killers of the Flower Moon is currently in pre-production, and shooting is set to begin next month.
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