Leonardo Dicaprio Argued With Screenwriter Eric Roth About Killers Of The Flower Moon Script
For Taxi Driver’s latest movie, Oscar-winning screenwriter adapted David Gran’s book of the same name, which follows the FBI investigation into the Osage murders in the 1920s, when the Indians were killed shortly after oil deposits were found. Under their lands.
Production was originally supposed to start in March, but it was delayed until March 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and Roth revealed that the script was constantly being rewritten at the same time as DiCaprio was fighting for a set of changes to his original work.
“I spent four or five years on this book, Killers of the Flower Moon, which everyone should read. It’s a great book,” Roth said on the Scriptnotes podcast. “I think my script was accurate for the book.
“Filming is supposed to start in March once Covid is over, which is Martin Scorsese. They will keep rewriting with that. Leonardo wanted to change some of the things we discussed. He won half (the arguments). You won half of them. That’s what happens.”
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A report in the Hollywood Reporter in May indicated that DiCaprio had fixed Ruth’s script which is why Paramount officials sold the film to Apple.
According to the report, in Ruth’s version of the movie, DiCaprio is assigned as the hero of the piece as an FBI agent who heads to Osage Nation to solve the murders, but the Oscar-winning actor has paid for a review of the script so he will portray the nephew of Robert De Niro’s evil character.
Ruth, 75, won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump in 1995 and has been nominated for the award four more times, most recently for A Star is Born in 2018.