Apple is improving its cinematic game and putting its mark on award-winning caliber film. The tech giant plans to partner with Paramount for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film, “Killers of the Flower Moon.” The period drama is based on the book of the same name by David Grann and stars Leonardo DiCaprio. Its price is at least $ 150 million, although some sources estimate it to be closer to $ 200 million.
âKillers of the Flower Moonâ was originally at Paramount, and while the studio didn’t like the ever-expanding budget, they were willing to stay the course. That was until Scorsese changed the script and changed DiCaprio from the FBI hero character to the movie villain’s nephew. The studio saw the move as making the film less commercial, but the budget stayed the same. At this point, Paramount has cleared shopping for the film.
Scorcese’s last film âThe Irishmanâ went to Netflix, and while the film did land a few nominations for the streamer, it didn’t win any of the grand prizes. Apple is hoping this next Scorcese film can earn them Oscar gold.
Unlike the Netflix deal, which only gave Scorcese a limited theatrical release, with the Apple deal, “Killers of the Flower Moon” would have a larger theatrical run. More time in theaters (when they reopen, that is) attracts auteur filmmakers who want audiences to see their work on the big screen.
As the entertainment industry desperately seeks to get back to work, some major theme parks are starting to reveal plans to reopen. Florida’s Universal Theme Parks plan to reopen in phases, starting June 5. Walt Disney World will begin reopening on July 11, with rules on social distancing and wearing masks. Bob Chapek, CEO of Disney told CNN he does not see the application of the mask as a problem. But will young children really be wearing a mask all day in the Florida summer heat? One thing Chapek does not address is what happens if there is a resurgence of the coronavirus and the park has to close again.