Killers of the Flower Moon , one of the most anticipated films of the year, could debut at the Cannes Film Festival .
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro , it narrates the murders of Native Americans in Oklahoma in the 1920s, following the discovery of oil deposits around their lands.
Roger Friedman reports that Cannes wants to screen Martin Scorsese ‘s film but not for opening night or even in competition, but for the prestige of having these three talents on the red carpet. According to his sources, the film currently has a runtime of three hours and twenty minutes, similar to The Irishman .
The film is not ready yet, Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker is still working on it with Scorsese.
Cannes doesn’t seem interested in scheduling such a long film, so it’s waiting to see how things develop.
Apple , which has promised in Cannes that the film will have a real screening in theaters before streaming, in every country, especially in France, seems to be of the same opinion.
The editor told World of Reel that Apple asked Scorsese to cut the film under three hours, but the filmmaker may not listen to them.
Production on the $200 million film wrapped in October 2021. Additional filming followed in mid-2022 in both New York and Oklahoma.
A teaser of the film was supposed to debut last August, followed by its theatrical release in the fall. But Scorsese has asked for additional reshoots in New York, tied to the final part of the film.
Lily Gladstone spoke about the production of the film earlier this year:
It’s a different film than the one [Scorsese] went to make almost entirely because of what the community had to say about how it was being made and what it was portraying.
We don’t know if these changes are related to the reshoots.
The film, due in theaters this fall, could shatter Shutter Island ‘s record (by about 20 months) as Scorsese ‘s film with the longest post-production.