Today is finally the day. After production was postponed last year due to the pandemic, Martin Scorsese, cast, and crew have begun shooting Killers of the Flower Moon in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Film + Music Office and Apple Original Films made the announcement regarding the highly-anticipated film, based on David Grann’s broadly lauded best-selling novel, set in 1920s Oklahoma. With the screenplay credited to Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese, the film will depict the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror.
“We are thrilled to finally start production on Killers of the Flower Moon in Oklahoma,” said Scorsese. “To be able to tell this story on the land where these events took place is incredibly important and critical to allowing us to portray an accurate depiction of the time and people. We’re grateful to Apple, the Oklahoma Film and Music Office and The Osage Nation, especially all our Osage consultants and cultural advisors, as we prepare for this shoot. We’re excited to start working with our local cast and crew to bring this story to life on screen and immortalize a time in American history that should not be forgotten.”
The cast has also been confirmed with Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, Emmy Award nominee Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone, Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, Jillian Dion, William Belleau, Louis Cancelmi, Tatanka Means, Michael Abbott Jr., Pat Healy, Scott Shepherd and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson.
“I know Marty’s trying to make a movie that’s probably the last Western that would be made like this, and yet, with this incredible social document underneath it, and the violence and the environment,” Roth recently said. “I think it’ll be like nothing we’ve ever seen, in a way. And so this one is, to me, one for the ages.”
Expect a 2022 release for Killers of the Flower Moon. Follow updates here.