According to recent reports, Apple has finally finished the negotiations with Academy Award winner and legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese to produce his new epic, Killers of the Flower Moon.
For some months, Scorsese has tried to secure funding for his newest film with different productions, but with an approximated cost of $220 million dollars, most studios have turned their back on him. Fortunately enough, Paramount and Apple are in the final stages of striking a deal to co-produce the film.
Killers of The Flower Moon is heavily rumored to be stared by Robert De Niro and Leonardo Di Caprio, and it tells the story about the Osage killings in the early 1920s, and the birth of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
It is still unclear if the film will be shown in theaters. Unlike the canceled showings of The Banker, Paramount is looking for a way to get a theatrical release of the film to get some of the production costs back, and then release it on Apple’s platform.
From some analysis, it is apparent that Apple is looking for their first Academy Award nominations with this flick. But Apple seems to be focusing on something bigger than the Oscar buzz. This, alongside the new mini-series directed by Sofia Coppola, seem to be a new strategy by Apple to garner a different type of subscribers than Netflix or even Hulu, they are looking at the opposite of the casual user, a cinephile.
That would be a difficult approach by Apple, but with such big names in their platform it is complicated to tell if this will be successful.
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