May 28, 2020

Apple Bails Out Scorsese, Puts Up $200M for 'Killers of the Flower Moon'

Martin Scorsese
Apple agrees to pay the $200 million dollar budget of Scorsese's new film. 

Martin Scorsese was having trouble financing another epic. He was looking all over for someone to partner with him and Paramount for Killers of the Flower Moon, which, according to Variety, had a budget of around $200 million dollars. 

Well, Scorsese has once again found a partner in streaming. 

Apple will come in to help pay for the movie which Paramount will distribute theatrically. 

Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro are set to star in the project, which is based on the 2017 true-crime book “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” The story centers on members of an Oklahoma Native American tribe, whose murders in the 1920s sparked a major federal investigation.

This is not the first time Scorsese and Paramount have clashed. They also fought over the $173 million dollar movie, The Irishman, which was nominated for several Academy Awards and was put into production by Netflix. 

Apple recently reported over $200 billion in cash and it looks like it wants to spend it by picking up this project and making a big splash in the streaming wars.

The $4.99 Apple TV+ will carry the movie after its theatrical window, thus allowing Scorsese another chance at an Academy Award. 

Only time will tell if this gamble pays off.      

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The book was fantastic, and it details an overlooked but important part of American history. Glad to see big names attached to this film, history deserves it!

May 28, 2020 at 12:20PM

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BD
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I'm just glad Scorsese is still making movies

May 28, 2020 at 7:38PM

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Wish someone would bail out my $145,000 ULB film.

May 29, 2020 at 2:14AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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"Bail out"? This man is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and instead of reporting that Apple grabs the opportunity to make a Scorsese picture you say "bail out." Amazing. Lets'a talk about how Spielberg was bailed out on Close Encounters, Raiders, E.T. when these film projects were originally turned down by several studios.

June 1, 2020 at 11:30AM

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Dean
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And this is the director who made his career making smaller, personal films on minimal budgets.

June 4, 2020 at 5:07PM

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Richard Turton
Director of Photography
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I'm saying. Same guy who takes shots at 'comic book' and 'Marvel' films, even though he was attached to produce 'Joker' for DC Coimcs Films (missed out on a chunk of that $1 billion; those profits could have help fund 'Killers').

Will there be any rollercoasters in 'Killers'? Because $200 million sure sounds like the budget of those 'amusement park rides' of those highly-profitable Marvel films he dismissed so badly.

June 9, 2020 at 10:50AM

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Daoud Bowling
Writer/Producer/DP
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Yeah Scors is a proven great director. But $200 mil for a period piece? The same guy who's crying about Marvel & superhero films suddenly needs the budget as those 'amusement park rides'? GTFOHWTBS

June 9, 2020 at 10:33AM

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Daoud Bowling
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