Paramount Pictures’ rejection of an overhauled script for Martin Scorsese’s highly-anticipated film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” was revealed by the legendary director himself. Before the script had even been finalized, the major studio turned down the revamped version of the screenplay.
Initially, Scorsese and co-writer Eric Roth had planned to faithfully adapt David Grann’s book. However, they later made a crucial decision to change the perspective of the film, shifting the focus onto the complex marriage between two central characters. This drastic change in direction was reportedly initiated by Leonardo DiCaprio, who requested the script overhaul two years into the writing process.
While Paramount favored the original procedural take on the story, the new script and increased budget ultimately led them to drop the project. However, Apple stepped in to finance the hefty $200 million film, and later, Paramount rejoined as a theatrical distribution partner. This collaboration between Apple and Paramount marks an intriguing and unprecedented partnership in the film industry.
In a recent interview, Scorsese discussed how “Killers of the Flower Moon” served as a unique opportunity to bring together his long-time muses, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Despite their contrasting approaches to acting, the trio found common ground in their passion for the story and characters.
Fans of Scorsese’s work can mark their calendars for the release of “Killers of the Flower Moon” on October 20, 2022. The film, produced by Apple and distributed by Paramount, promises to be a captivating exploration of a dark chapter in American history, with an all-star cast and an intriguing behind-the-scenes journey that almost derailed it.
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