April 10, 2020

Scorsese Looks for Partner to Bail Out New Film

After the budget of his new project ballooned to $200+ million, Scorsese has been left searching for a partner to help pay for it. 

Stop me if this sounds familiar. Martin Scorsese's new film is a period epic that is driven by stars like Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. While it was originally being funded by Paramount, the costs have gotten so high that they're looking for a streaming partner to help lighten the load. 

No, we're not talking about The Irishman, we're talking about Killers of the Flower Moon

Based on the book, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” the story centers on members of an Oklahoman Native American tribe in the 1920s whose murders sparked a major federal investigation.

While this sounds like an incredibly fun and intense project, the cost of the movie has supposedly ballooned to over $200 million, leaving Paramount and Scorsese needing to court outside partners. 

That certainly paid off for The Irishman, which saw Academy Award nominations and a boost for Netflix. 

But will Netflix come to save the day again? 

The Wall Street Journal reports that Scorsese’s representatives have been holding talks with Apple Inc., Netflix Inc., and other streaming studios to seek a new partner for this venture to help defer the costs. 

With Hollywood already struggling to make money during COVID-19, we hope this film stays afloat and does not get cut altogether. But it seems like the only way it happens is if one of these big names comes aboard. 

Only time will tell if studios prioritize big titles like this to make a comeback when the disaster clears or if they spread their hundreds of millions across smaller, more genre-driven projects to see if one of those hits. 

This is certainly a hard time for Tinseltown.      

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This was always going to be a tough film to make. The source material from the book is too dense and has multiple story lines. Each needs their time to shine.

They should have taken the same route as Devil in the White City (also DiCaprio and Scorsese). 6-8 episodes vs a standalone film. This would have made a lot more sense and done the story justice. But, go ahead and butcher it like James Gray did with Lost City of Z....coincidentally another book by David Grann. Poor guy is getting hosed by Hollywood, but also wealthy...so there's that.

April 10, 2020 at 10:42AM

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Dan P
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I'll be his partner if he'll be mine on my screenplay... how's that sound?

April 11, 2020 at 2:41AM

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Jerry Roe
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Two words. Shark Tank

April 11, 2020 at 12:32PM

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Muhammed Umer Zafar
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Wow

April 13, 2020 at 1:49AM

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Asking for 200 millions to make a cop drama in the 1920's is just crazy.

Even Aviator cost 110 millions. Even The Irishman cost 160 millions and a huge part of that was sinked into the de-aging technology.

So what is happening here exactly?

April 14, 2020 at 4:21AM, Edited April 14, 4:21AM

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Wow, very original. The once upon a time filmmaker of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, uses for the umpteenth time novels with killers, gangsters and the FBI, collaborates with the same old Hollywood actors again and again and again and needs more than 200 million dollars for his next liitle epic. He can't get more boring and uninspired as a director than this. Well done Scorsese.

April 15, 2020 at 2:59AM

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I can't wait for another mini-series by Scorsese.

April 16, 2020 at 10:09PM

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