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Leonardo and J.J. Together at Last

By Julie Fink
Posted On Mar 14, 2016
Leonardo and J.J. Together at Last

Usually, when you hear Leonardo DiCaprio is working on a movie, it’s because he got a call from Scorsese or Tarantino. Recently, however, another industry big gun gave DiCaprio a call and my mind exploded. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams has reached out to Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio for his next big screen feature, “Killers of the Flower Moon: An American Crime and the Birth of the FBI.”

The A-list duo is teaming up with Paramount on a bid for the rights to David Grann’s new murder mystery book. Set in the 1920s, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is a nonfiction story about the mysterious murders of the Osage Indians tribe in Oklahoma, where oil sat rich beneath their land. The case was turned over to a brand new law enforcement agency known as the FBI, which fought against corruption to solve the case.

Osage Men
Osage men, circa 1865 (Picture: American-Tribes)

Do I smell Oscar #2?

Insiders told TheWrap, it’s shaping up to be the hottest Hollywood auction of the year so far, pegging the DiCaprio-Abrams bid at $2 million. Reportedly, there are higher bids on the table, but none of the offers provides the star wattage of the DiCaprio-Abrams package — not even Sony’s offer for George Clooney to direct and Amy Pascal to produce.

OH, I almost forgot the best part. Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth for “Forrest Gump” will write the adaptation.

So, let’s wrap our minds around this. We have Leonardo, coming fresh off his Oscar win with the Revenant, J.J.’s massive success heard round the world/universe with the lasts Star Wars installment AND the dude who wrote “Forrest Gump”. Folks, it doesn’t get any better than this. Really, it doesn’t.

This trifecta of greatness only happens when the planets align with the blood moon over a shooting comet that crosses planet Earth once every bazillion years. This is a rare pairing, is what I am trying to say, in drama queen-geek talk.

DiCaprio-Abrams-Roth trifecta better get this bid.

Cover Photo Credit: Splash News