We've come to the point in Martin Scorsese's career where his collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio may have matched the auteur's legendary New Hollywood work with Robert De Niro (though I hesitate to say these team-ups have "eclipsed" those films because, c'mon: Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, man). From The Aviator to The Departed to The Wolf of Wall Street (with a weirdo oddity like Shutter Island in-between), Scorsese and DiCaprio have pushed each other into rather wonderful new creative territory, and film fans are all the better for it.
Now, the duo are re-teaming for Killers Of The Flower Moon, a '20s-set true crime adaptation of David Grann's bestseller of the same name. According to Variety, the story revolves around:
"...[Oklahoma's] Osage Nation, who were the richest people per capita in the world, after oil was discovered under their land and then they were murdered, one by one. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case and unraveled a chilling conspiracy and one of the most monstrous crimes in American history."
This will be the fifth time Scorsese and DiCaprio have joined forces, with Eric Roth (The Insider) penning the screenplay on this go-round. According to the same report, Killers of The Flower Moon is said to be the next project for both (with 30West financing and handling distribution), after Leo finishes filming Once Upon A Time In Hollywood for Quentin Tarantino and Marty's done draining Netflix's bank account with his latest mob epic, The Irishman (which sees him re-joining with De Niro for the first time in years).
The most exciting element of this news is how it shows Scorsese continuing to churn out work at a rate of artists half his age. It's as if retirement equals death for the NYC maverick, and Lord knows we don't want either anytime soon. Keep it up, Marty. You're still the GOAT.