As their sixth feature-length collaboration Killers of the Flower Moon hits the cutting floor with a view of premiering at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have already confirmed what they’ll be tackling next: an adaptation of David Grann’s upcoming non-fiction book The Wager – A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, & Murder.
There’s a good reason why the author’s name sounds familiar. David Grann is the journalist behind the #1 New York Times bestselling title that’s been turned into Scorsese + DiCaprio’s Killers of the Flower Moon. The Wager will also be produced under the Apple Original Films banner. Because whatever went down with Flower Moon was clearly a winning formula.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, here’s what we’re in for…
Set in the 1740s, ‘The Wager’ is set in motion when a patched-together boat with 30 emaciated men lands on the coast of Brazil. The men were the surviving crew of a British ship that was chasing a Spanish vessel and had crashed onto an island in South America’s Patagonia region. Their tales of surviving the seas and elements made them heroes.
However, six months later another vessel even more beat up than the first showed up on the coast of Chile, this one with three sailors – who accuse the passengers on the other boat of being mutineers.
As accusations and counter-accusations flew, the British Admiralty set a special trial to uncover the truth of what exactly happened on the island, exposing a story of not just a captain and crew struggling to survive one of the most extreme climates on the planet, but also battling their own human natures.
Currently, it’s unclear who will be tapped to pen the screenplay. Given the parties mentioned above, Killers of the Flower Moon scribe Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, A Star Is Born, Dune) could also be on the cards for a return.
Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment are attached to produce alongside Scorsese himself via Sikelia Productions and DiCaprio with partner Jennifer Davisson via their Appian Way Productions. Release date TBA.
Here’s everything Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have worked on together leading up to The Wager:
- Gangs of New York (2002)
- The Aviator (2004)
- The Departed (2006)
- Shutter Island (2010)
- The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
- The Audition (2015) [Short film funded by Melco Crown Entertainment Limited]
- Killers of the Flower Moon (2023)
- The Wager (2024?)