The project is an adaptation of David Grann's upcoming nonfiction book.
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are reuniting for their seventh movie together as the director and star of The Wager — a naval survival drama set up at Apple.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scorsese and DiCaprio have already lined up their next collaboration to follow Apple's Killers of the Flower Moon. Hot on the heels of that production, the duo are going to team up to tackle an adaptation of David Grann's upcoming nonfiction book, The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder, which is not expected to hit shelves until April next year.
Set in the 1740s, Wager's story follows the surviving crew of a British ship that crashes on the coast of Brazil following the pursuit of a Spanish vessel. The captain and his crew spend the next six months struggling to survive on the desolate island, by which time a second ship arrives on the coast of Chile, holding three sailors who accuse the men on the other boat of being mutineers.
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There's no word yet on who will pen the screenplay for The Wager, but Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas are set to produce for Imperative Entertainment, along with Scorsese for Sikelia Productions, and DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson via their Appian Way Productions, while Richard Plepler of Eden Productions is attached to executive produce the film adaptation.
Scorsese and DiCaprio have teamed up on several films since their first collaboration on Gangs of New York in 2002. That initial project was followed by The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Killers of the Flower Moon, which is also based on a non-fiction book by Grann. In addition, Scorsese directed DiCaprio in a short promotional film for a casino resort in China.
Killers of the Flower Moon marked the first collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio since 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street. The upcoming Apple Studios film is based on Grann's 2017 bestseller that tells the story of a federal law enforcement agency, the precursor to the FBI, as it investigates the murder of the Osage Nation Native Americans living in oil-rich Oklahoma in the 1920s.
Apple has not yet locked in a release date for Killers of the Flower Moon.
Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.