Apple seems to be the first studio that seriously wants to get into the theatrical game. While Amazon certainly made a great first impression with Air, Apple is currently winning their more than $1 billion investment in theatrical-exclusive releases with the announcement of Killers of the Flower Moon, Napoleon, and Argylle bowing out in cinemas before releasing on their streaming service.
Even more exciting: IMAX confirmed that Martin Scorsese‘s Killers of the Flower Moon will be released in their theatres on October 6 before expanding to more venues on October 20. That would probably follow the same template as Beau is Afraid did for IMAX, as it released a week early in select IMAX theatres in New York and Los Angeles before expanding in most locations the following week. The movie will also release in select Dolby Cinema venues as well.
IMAX had previously worked with Apple before on Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry and with Netflix on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, and Paul Thomas Anderson‘s ANIMA and have consistently reaffirmed their willingness to work with streamers if they respect the traditional theatrical window. It seems that Apple will be the first to craft this new relationship with IMAX, and do not be surprised if Napoleon and Argylle get released on their screens.
Killers of the Flower Moon premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in May and immediately received rave reviews, and currently has a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Martin Scorsese’s latest movie was based on the book of the same name by David Grann, with a screenplay co-written by Scorsese and Eric Roth. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Brendan Fraser, John Lithgow, Tantoo Cardinal, and Scott Shepherd.
Here is the plot synopsis:
“At the turn of the 20th century, oil brought a fortune to the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight. The wealth of these Native Americans immediately attracted white interlopers, who manipulated, extorted, and stole as much Osage money as they could before resorting to murder. Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone), “Killers of the Flower Moon” is an epic western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal.”
Watch the trailer below: