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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Eye ‘KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON’ Adaption

April 22, 2017


Director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio are eyeing their new project, adapting KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON. This adaption comes from New Yorker staff writer David Grann’s nonfiction book titled “KIllers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI”.


The book was published by Penguin Random House and is described as the following:

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

In this last remnant of the Wild West– where oilmen like J.P Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror” , roamed– many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. While put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Grann is also the author of The Lost City of Z, which has been adapted.

Scorsese and DiCaprio first collaborated on Gangs of New York in 2002, followed by The Aviator in 2004, The Departed in 2006, Shutter Island in 2010, and The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013. They also have been planning to adapt Erik Larson’s acclaimed best seller The Devil in the White City. 

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