Killers of the Flower Moon Movie: What We Know


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David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon movie adaptation has been in development for some time now, but there’s been some big news lately, completents of Apple. If you’re looking to know all the details how the Killers of the Flower Moon adaptation is progressing, where’s what we know so far about the film adaptation:

What’s it about? What’s the plot?

From IMDB: “Members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.”

Killers of the Flower Moon was published in April 2017.

What format will it be? Will the Killers of the Flower Moon adaptation be a Movie or a Series?

It’s planned as a feature movie.

Who’s behind it?

In May 2020, Apple Worldwide Video signed on to help finance and distribute the Killers of the Flower Moon adaptation. Paramount will be responsible for the theatrical release of the movie. Paramount acquired the project in June 2019, but the movie’s ever-growing $200 million budget was making them nervous, so now Apple will be partnering in its release too (though the papers had not been officially signed as of May 2020).

The Martin Scorsese-directed film adaptation stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro. The script is completed and is by Eric Roth.

Before the book was even published, Imperative Entertainment won the film rights in a $5 million bid, upsetting a Paramount-DiCaprio-Scorsese deal that had been in the works. (It sounds like Grann went for them because their bid was significantly more than the alternatives.) However, it looks like in 2019 they worked out a deal with Paramount regarding the rights either way.

What’s the status of the Killers of the Flower Moon adaptation?

The adaptation is currently in active development. As of August 2020, the movie is in pre-production with an anticipated release of 2021.

Who’s in the cast?

Leonardo DiCaprio, role currently unknown
Robert DeNiro as William Hale

See the rest of the cast on IMDB, when available.

Back in April 2020, there was an opportunity to win a walk-on role in the movie to support COVID-19 relief. See DiCaprio and DeNiro’s Instagram video about it below (mirror in case it gets removed):

When will it be released?

It’s currently slated for 2021.

Is there a trailer or teaser available?

Not yet! Stay tuned.


Killers of the Flower Moon Movie Development Timeline

March 10, 2016 Imperative Entertainment Wins ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ Auction With Bombshell $5M Bid

April 18, 2017 Killers of the Flower Moon (novel) is released.

October 24, 2018 Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio Officially Attach To ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’

June 19, 2019 Paramount Acquires Imperative’s Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio Adaptation ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’

April 15, 2020 Leonardo DiCaprio & Robert De Niro Offer Chance For Walk-On Role In Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ To Those Donating To All In Challenge

May 27, 2020 Apple To Team With Paramount On Scorsese-DiCaprio-De Niro Drama ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’