There’s a fiery bidding war taking place in Hollywood right now and Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio and director J.J. Abrams are neck-deep in securing David Grann’s new nonfiction novel Killers of the Moon Flower: An American Crime and the Birth of the FBI. According to The Wrap, the two have teamed up with Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth and Paramount to make a formidable bid for the rights to the book. The site reports that Grann’s book is “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.”
DiCaprio & Co. have already reportedly placed a $2 million bid for the rights to Killers of the Flower Moon, but that’s not even the highest offer on the table. Sony placed a more lucrative offer with George Clooney poised to direct and Amy Pascal to produce, but the star power behind DiCaprio and Abrams is very hard to ignore. DiCaprio and Roth’s Oscar prestige coupled with Abrams’ commercial success behind multiple blockbuster franchises have afforded them frontrunner status.
It’s currently unclear whether DiCaprio will star and Abrams will direct, but that’s what the general assumption is as both will produce under their respective banners, Appian Way and Bad Robot, respectively.
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