Big Budget Western Headed To Netflix?

Director Martin Scorsese has shared some details about his upcoming film Killers Of The Flower Moon, which will be his first Western.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. and already has a bloated budget of over $220 million dollars, which is rumoured to be giving studio Paramount a few headaches.

Bearing in mind that Netflix essentially gave Scorsese a blank check to make The Irishman, there are rumours circulating that the streaming giant could swoop in and grab the project from Paramount.

Scorsese is adapting David Grann’s non-fiction book of the same name, which has been in the works since 2017. In an interview with French publication Premiere, Scorsese opened up about possible plot details –

”We think it’s a Western, and it happened in 1921-1922 in Oklahoma.”

”There are certainly cowboys, but they have cars and also horses, the film is mainly about the Osage, an Indian tribe that was given horrible territory, which they loved because they said to themselves that Whites would never be interested in it.”

Scorsese continued –

”We discovered oil there and for about ten years, the Osage became the richest people in the world, per capita. Then, as with the Yukon and the Colorado mining regions, the vultures disembark, the White man, the European arrives, and all was lost.”

”There, the underworld had such control over everything that you were more likely to go to jail for killing a dog than for killing an Indian. The history of civilisation goes back to Mesopotamia. The Hittites are invaded by another people, they disappear, and later it is said that they have been assimilated or, rather, absorbed.”

”It is fascinating to see this mentality which is reproduced in other cultures, through two World Wars. And which is therefore timeless, I think. This is the film that we are going to try to make.”

The synopsis of the Killers Of The Flower Moon novel reads –

“David Grann revisits a series of crimes in the 1920s in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the members of the Osage Indian Nation became the richest people per capita in the world, but then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. Those that dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. At this point, the FBI took up the case and with the Osage, they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.”

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Scorsese’s most recent film The Irishman cast Robert De Niro alongside Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, in a mob story spanning over 60 years. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars but didn’t lift a single one.

The Irishman is streaming on Netflix now.