Apple Original Films confirm principal photography of Martin Scorsese’s next film, Killers of Flower Moon, began today in Oklahoma. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, and more. It is based on the 2017 novel by David Grann, with the screenplay adapted by Scorsese and Eric Roth (A Star Is Born, Forrest Gump).
The film depicts the serial murder of members of the Osage Nation, a series of crimes later known as the Reign of Terror, in 1920s Oklahoma.
“We are thrilled to finally start production on ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ in Oklahoma,” said Scorsese. “To be able to tell this story on the land where these events took place is incredibly important and critical to allowing us to portray an accurate depiction of the time and people. We’re grateful to Apple, the Oklahoma Film and Music Office and The Osage Nation, especially all our Osage consultants and cultural advisors, as we prepare for this shoot. We’re excited to start working with our local cast and crew to bring this story to life on screen and immortalize a time in American history that should not be forgotten.”
The Oklahoma Film + Music Office, The Osage Nation, and Oklahoma leadership have all played an important role in planning the film and ensuring that it can be as historically accurate as possible, as well as ensuring its benefit to the state of Oklahoma. “This is a very strong, lucrative business which directly benefits many Oklahomans, including the Sovereign Nations,” said Chief of the Osage Nation Geoffrey Standing Bear. “It promotes financial opportunities and cultural recognition for all.”