Martin Scorsese Reaches Out To Netflix, Apple As ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ Budget Soars

Martin Scorsese was fortunate to have found a home with Netflix for The Irishman. Why? Because they were one of the few willing to shell out the $159M budget, among the biggest of Scorsese’s career, to make it a reality. Now, as the legendary director is in production on Killers of the Flower Moon, he may need the streamer to come to the rescue once again.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the budget on Killers of the Flower Moon has skyrocketed towards $200M. As a result, he’s in discussion with Netflix, Apple, and other loaded platforms to finance and distribute.  If you’re wondering what happened to Paramount, who became attached to the film last year, they’re concerned enough about costs that they’ve allowed Scorsese to shop it around.

At that price, whoever buys it may want to give it a greater theatrical run than The Irishman, which only made $8M in a limited release. Granted, it did score a bunch of Oscar nominations, as well. Killers of the Flower Moon has the same potential. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, centering on the murders of the wealthy Osage Nation tribe in 1920s Oklahoma. The investigation was among the first to include agents that would later become part of the FBI.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.


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