Apple reportedly wins rights to Martin Scorsese-directed film starring Leonardo DiCaprio a...

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Apple has reportedly won rights to "Killers Of The Flower Moon," a high-profile and hotly contested film directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

Killers Of The Flower Moon
Source: Deadline


Apple is in the process of sealing a deal that will see the company finance the project and become its backing creative studio, reports Deadline.

Under terms of the agreement "Killers of the Flower Moon" will be streamed as an Apple original film, with Paramount set to distribute in theaters. Paramount initially purchased rights to the movie from Imperative Entertainment, but was in recent weeks shopping the property around to other studios, many of which showed intense interest, the report said.

How much Apple paid for the privilege is unclear, but the report notes Paramount was saddled with production costs between $180 million to $200 million after tax credits. To capitalize on the feature, Paramount will debut the film in theaters prior to streaming on Apple TV+, the report said.

The film is based on the David Grann novel "Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI," a mystery that chronicles an FBI investigation into the murders of Osage Native Americans in Oklahoma in the 1920s. Imperative Entertainment paid $5 million for rights to the book.

"Killers Of The Flower Moon" marks the first significant pairing of DiCaprio and DeNiro since "This Boy's Life."

Apple is dipping into its substantial coffers to build out an original content library. Earlier this month, the tech giant made its first big motion picture buy with Tom Hanks vehicle Greyhound, spending a reported $70 million in the process.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member
    Movie theatre owners have got to be worried these days. TV screens are getting bigger with higher resolutions. Where is the tipping point where people would rather stay at home and stream than pay $50+ (for tickets and concessions) and sit in a theatre while enduring the rudeness of other movie goers behind them belching, farting, emanating body odor and halitosis, munching loudly, talking, texting, blathering nonsense? 
    edited May 2020 watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    lkrupp said:
    Movie theatre owners have got to be worried these days. TV screens are getting bigger with higher resolutions. Where is the tipping point where people would rather stay at home and stream than pay $50+ (for tickets and concessions) and sit in a theatre while enduring the rudeness of other movie goers behind them belching, farting, emanating body odor and halitosis, munching loudly, talking,h texting, blathering nonsense? 
    Theaters are already over for me. A 4K TV and no audience did it. I can wait for 4-6 months to see “the latest hits” on the TV instead.

    Also, Apple spending $180 million on a Di Caprio drama is them making some really dumb decisions. They could’ve taken a few chances with 90 low-budget features with new talent instead of throwing it all away on this. Asinine.
    edited May 2020 lkruppentropys
  • Reply 3 of 6
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member
    lkrupp said:
    Movie theatre owners have got to be worried these days. TV screens are getting bigger with higher resolutions. Where is the tipping point where people would rather stay at home and stream than pay $50+ (for tickets and concessions) and sit in a theatre while enduring the rudeness of other movie goers behind them belching, farting, emanating body odor and halitosis, munching loudly, talking,h texting, blathering nonsense? 
    Theaters are already over for me. A 4K TV and no audience did it. I can wait for 4-6 months to see “the latest hits” on the TV instead.
    I think that 4-6 month waiting period will steadily decrease to the point of initial release on streaming.
    gilly33watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    SpamSandwich said: Also, Apple spending $180 million on a Di Caprio drama is them making some really dumb decisions. They could’ve taken a few chances with 90 low-budget features with new talent instead of throwing it all away on this. Asinine.
    Apple has the streaming rights while Paramount is still planning on showing it in theaters, so it's unlikely Apple had to foot the entire bill. You also have to figure that this arrangement could be a precursor to other similar kinds of deals with studios. 
    gilly33watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6
    thrangthrang Posts: 1,012member
    lkrupp said:
    Movie theatre owners have got to be worried these days. TV screens are getting bigger with higher resolutions. Where is the tipping point where people would rather stay at home and stream than pay $50+ (for tickets and concessions) and sit in a theatre while enduring the rudeness of other movie goers behind them belching, farting, emanating body odor and halitosis, munching loudly, talking,h texting, blathering nonsense? 
    Theaters are already over for me. A 4K TV and no audience did it. I can wait for 4-6 months to see “the latest hits” on the TV instead.

    Also, Apple spending $180 million on a Di Caprio drama is them making some really dumb decisions. They could’ve taken a few chances with 90 low-budget features with new talent instead of throwing it all away on this. Asinine.
    Well you need to raise the tentpoles so the monkeys have space to ride around on the little bicycles...
  • Reply 6 of 6
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 2,677member
    lkrupp said:
    Movie theatre owners have got to be worried these days. TV screens are getting bigger with higher resolutions. Where is the tipping point where people would rather stay at home and stream than pay $50+ (for tickets and concessions) and sit in a theatre while enduring the rudeness of other movie goers behind them belching, farting, emanating body odor and halitosis, munching loudly, talking,h texting, blathering nonsense? 
    Theaters are already over for me. A 4K TV and no audience did it. I can wait for 4-6 months to see “the latest hits” on the TV instead.

    Also, Apple spending $180 million on a Di Caprio drama is them making some really dumb decisions. They could’ve taken a few chances with 90 low-budget features with new talent instead of throwing it all away on this. Asinine.

    Yeah because of this bombs Apple may go bankrupt!
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