Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Apple Gets Serious About “Killers of the Flower Moon” Taking on “Oppenheimer” with Wide Theatrical Release, No Streaming to Start


Apple Studios already has a Best Picture Oscar for “CODA.”

They obviously want another one. They have a chance with Martin Scorsese’s spectacular drama, “Killers of the Flower Moon.” So now they’ve changed their game plan.

Seeing that “Oppenheimer” has made $300 million for Universal, Apple will go for it big time with “Killers.” They’ve scrapped plans for an October 6th limited theatrical release. Instead they will go wide to theaters on October 20th, worldwide, and make a big deal of this one. There is no streaming date set yet. Kudos to them.

“Killers” premiered at Cannes, and now it’s being seen at press screenings. The response is huge. I told you in May in the movie’s first review that Scorsese had a Best Picture here. My guess is the Oscar race will be between these two movies, with some other action from “Maestro” and a couple of others.

“Killers” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone, all of whom will be nominated for Oscars, not to mention Scorsese as Best Director and all the below the line categories as well.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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