Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro team up for Martin Scorsese's next, based on a true crime book
Martin Scorsese's next is based on the recently released book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.
Martin Scorsese's greatest collaborators — Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro — may join forces for the iconic director's next film, based on David Grann's true crime book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI reports Deadline.
Despite just recently being published on April 18, the sordid details of the book — a murder conspiracy set in a 1920s Native American reservation — sparked a $5 million bidding war.
The U.K. Telegraph offered the following synopsis
Grann's non-fiction work, which hit shelves last week, documents the string of murders which plagued the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma during the 1920s, after oil was found on their land and the nation soon became the richest per capita in the world.
Those who dared to investigate the murders were also soon killed off, leading to the FBI picking up the case as the death toll climbed; it became one of the fledgeling organisation's first major homicide cases - except everything quickly went terribly wrong.
That is, until its young director J. Edgar Hoover stepped in, turning to a former Texas ranger named Tom White to expose what, to this day, remains one of America's most chilling conspiracies.
DiCaprio, interestingly, already played Hoover in Clint Eastwood's 2011 film J. Edgar and so may take up the role again, with De Niro probably the pick to play Tom White.
Scorsese and DiCaprio have worked on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed and The Wolf Of Wall Street. In addition, they are both developing The Devil In The White City, also based on a critically acclaimed book. De Niro and Scorsese, of course, have teamed on such films as Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and The King Of Comedy.
Both De Niro and Scorsese are currently working on The Irishman with Netflix.