Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon ‘unlikely’ to be delayed

Killers of the Flower Moon
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In the face of strike-related delays, one of Autumn’s biggest cinematic releases – Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon – is holding firm.

As the Hollywood strikes continue and the alliance of producers and studios refuse to return to the negotiating table, there’s a growing sense of unease about the fate of the industry over the coming months. With actors (along with writers) on strike and not promoting their films, we’ve already seen a couple of mid-budget, star-driven movies such as Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers get pushed into 2024.

As it stands, we haven’t yet seen a tentpole movie get pushed, but there are certainly rumours flying around that it could happen. If and when it does, we could see a domino effect and that would prove to be disastrous for the industry, not least the cinemas who are still trying to pick themselves up from the vicious blows that they endured at the hands of the global pandemic.

Some good news here then: one of the biggest movies coming to cinemas later this year is Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon. According to sources at The Hollywood Reporter, that film is almost certainly sticking to its release date. Why? Probably the film’s theatrical run is little more than a glossy marketing campaign to the deep-pocketed Apple who have financed the film.

Apple can afford to lose a few quid should the film suffer by not being promoted by its stars, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and such, whilst releasing the film in its stated slot will no doubt earn the company some goodwill if other studios (whose business models are more dependent on a film’s theatrical run) choose to pull their releases. (That’s even if some of those November releases like The Marvels or Dune Part II are fully finished in terms of ADR work and such).

Like the recent ‘Barbenheimer’ phenomenon, it’s a little bit of good news in an otherwise worrying time, so we’ll take it. You can catch Killers of The Flower Moon during the month of October. It has a limited theatrical release on the 6th before going wide on the 20th.

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