It’s based on the book of the same name penned by journalist David Grann and while the movie’s writer Eli Roth thought that he had penned a script ‘accurate to the book’, DiCaprio had other ideas.
Speaking to Indie Wire, Roth revealed: ‘I spent four or five years on this book, Killers of the Flower Moon, which everybody should read. It’s a wonderful book.
‘My screenplay, I think, was accurate to the book.’
Roth explained that DiCaprio had challenged him on parts of the script, leading to some of it now needed to be penned again.
He continued: ‘[The movie] is supposed to start filming in March once the Covid clears out and it’s Martin Scorsese. They’ll be continuing rewrites with that.
‘Leonardo wanted some things changed that we argued about. He won half [of the arguments], I won half of them. So that’s happening.’
It was previously reported DiCaprio was starring in the movie as the federal agent working for the FBI, but the Hollywood star pushed for the script to be revised so he could instead play the nephew of the movie’s killer played by De Niro.
According to reports by The Hollywood Reporter in May, DiCaprio’s call for the script to be changed led to Paramount Pictures, who favoured the original version, selling the film to Apple.
Apple are now reportedly covering the film’s budget. Paramount will distribute the movie in cinemas, but it will now also be available to stream on Apple.
DiCaprio is also set to star in new Netflix movie Don’t Look Up, which boasts a stellar cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and Timothée Chalamet.
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