When you think of Scorsese’s best films, you also think of the actors that really helped make those films. When you think of Robert De Niro, you think of Goodfellas and Taxi Driver – and Martin Scorsese. When you think of Leonardo Di Caprio, you think of Shutter Island and Wolf of Wall Streleet – and Martin Scorsese.
So when I heard Scorsese was assembling De Niro and Di Caprio for the same film, I was happy, but I didn’t think much of it. ‘That’s nice,’ I thought, as I carried on scrolling through the computer. Then I paused. ‘Wait,’ I said. ‘Am I forgetting something or has Scorsese never actually made a film with the both of them in?’ And lo and behold I wasn’t wrong – this will (amazingly) be the first time Scorsese will cast Scorsese-acting-titans De Niro and Di Caprio together in the same film (at least the same feature film; it depends if you count the short, The Audition).
This is nothing but exciting for fans of any one or all three of this trio. Scorsese has proven himself to be consistently exceptional and can always be relied on to bring out the best in any actor.
The film in question is an adaptation of the recently published Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI written by David Grann, which also had the interest of George Clooney and Brad Pitt. This book recounts a series of murders in Oklahoma in the 1920s sparked by the finding of oil on the land of the Osage Indian tribe. These murders are investigated and those investigators are in turn murdered too, leading J. Edgar Hoover and a Texas Ranger to uncover a conspiracy. Exciting stuff which definitely has the potential to make an amazing film – particularly with Scorsese at the helm with his best lead men. At least I’m sure that’s what Imperative Entertainment are hoping for after winning with a bid of $5 million.
Personally I’d rather they did the film I heard was rumoured a few years ago – a Frank Sinatra biopic directed by Scorsese with Di Caprio as Sinatra and De Niro as Dean Martin… but perhaps this is a step in the right direction; maybe that dream film will one day be a reality after this potential masterpiece.