We here at Vents Magazine take pride in our utter and devout devotion to legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Let’s face it: without the jaw-dropping cinematic masterpieces that the veteran director has been behind – Mean Streets, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, After-Hours, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Aviator, The Departed, The Irishman – the landscape of pop culture and the outlets such as ours that reports on film would be a far more desolate and superficial place.
Since it was announced lo those many months back, we’ve kept a keen eye directed towards the auteurs announced next project which is called Killers of the Flower Moon. And why wouldn’t we? Not only does it mark a return to directing for Scorsese, the plot of the film is a real crackerjack prize and the production marks Scorsese’s sixth collaboration (!) with Leonardo DiCaprio and his tenth (!!) with Robert De Niro. Those are just a few reasons why anyone who professes a love for movies should be excited about this new production, in our not-so humble opinion.
Killers of the Flower Moon is based off of the book of the same name and is set in the 1920s. It’s a true crime procedural about the serial murder of members of the Osage Indian tribe after the discovery of oil under the land they legally owned. Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) plays an FBI agent investigating the string of murders before he runs afoul of two key suspects played by De Niro and DiCaprio.
Delayed for over a year due to the worldwide pandemic, Killers of the Flower Moon officially began shooting this week, with an eye towards a late 2022 theatrical release.
With the news of filming having commenced, our good friends over at CINEMA BLEND shared some of the thoughts of the films screenwriter Eric Roth, whose analysis of Killers of the Flower Moon makes us even more anxious to check it out:
“I wouldn’t say (Plemons is) the lead. I would say that he was the designated hero,” Roth said, touching upon the last-minute role switch between him and DiCaprio who was originally intended to be the so-called “good guy” of the piece – “But yeah, I think that’s fairer because I think the parts are pretty equal and they were always equal to a certain extent, and Leo’s part is very complicated and very interesting. It’s a smart part for a smart actor to play. I mean, if Montgomery Clift was alive, I think he might think of playing him.”
A comparison of Clift, one of the best actors to have ever graced the silver screen, to DiCaprio and his choice of characters to essay in the film is a good thing indeed. Most working actors would give their left eyeteeth to rank such a comparison, and in DiCaprio’s case it’s a warranted and apt example; his career of playing complicated characters mirrors Monty Clift’s own tragically short filmography.
So there’s your weekly update, Ladies and Gents! Keep your eyes posted on this very spot for any updates on Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon!