Production for Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon underway

By April Norris

Excitement is building in Hollywood, as production continues for film Killers of the Flower Moon, a collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese.

The drama, starring DiCaprio, Certain Women actress Lily Gladstone, Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons, and Robert De Niro, is an adaptation of journalist David Grann’s 2017 novel of the same name. The non-fiction bestseller features the FBI investigation into the murder of multiple wealthy Native Americans from the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma during the 1920s, after oil was found in their territories.

The adaptation was initially intended for Imperative Entertainment in 2016, with a budget exceeding five million dollars, and with Bradley Thomas and Dan Friedkin producing. In June 2019 Paramount Plus announced they would distribute the film.

Scorsese and De Niro travelled to the Osage campus in Pawhuska, Oklahoma in July 2019 to meet the principle chief Geoffrey Standing Bear and learn about the Osage Nations culture, to aid production.

Filming was supposed to begin in February 2021 in Oklahoma, but was delayed until April 2021, with plans to last seven months. The filming is taking place in Osage County, Bartlesville.