Martin Scorsese is working hard on his next film project Killer’s of the Flower Moon, and because of screenwriter Eric Roth, we now know the movie will be released in November 2022. Roth released some details in an interview with Indiewire.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the movie as Ernest Burkhart and he is joined by Lily Gladstone as Mollie Burkhart, an Osage married to Ernest, who is nephew of a strong local rancher, who is played by Robert De Niro. Brendan Fraser also stars in the movie.
The movie is based on David Grann’s novel, and the story is set in 1920s Oklahoma. It shows the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a series of vicious crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror.
At the end of the nineteenth century, the Osage Indians were driven onto a presumed worthless expanse of land in northeastern Oklahoma. But their territory turned out to be atop one of the largest oil deposits in the United States; to obtain that oil, prospectors were required to pay the tribe for leases and royalties. By the 1920s, the members of Osage Nation had become the wealthiest people per capita in the world. And then the Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances.
While talking to Indiewire in the interview, Roth said: “This was a unique story that I knew nothing about. It showed my ignorance. I thought, ‘It’s unbelievable, it could be a Western.’ Marty’s never done a Western. It’s the first time you’ll see a street scene where there are 90 percent Native American indigenous people, and 1 or 2 percent Caucasians.”
Roth also shares that he utilizes “a lot of Western tropes” in the story. He also said there is something special planned for the end credits, saying: “I came up with an incredible way to do the end credits, which you’ve never seen. He wrote me a text the other day: ‘I’m going to shoot our end credits in a couple of days.’ I was so happy that he’s doing that.”
Roth taked about the project saying that it’s “nothing we’ve ever seen” and that it’ll be “one for the ages.”
“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. 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.”