Film crews prepare to start production on a major film in Osage County.
Filming for “Killers of the Flower Moon” is set to begin in late spring or early summer after being pushed back a year by the pandemic, which means work is underway to prepare.
The film is based on a true story about the Osage Indian murders in the 1920s, which became the focus of a major FBI investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover. The story was detailed in a novel of the same title by David Grann.
Downtown Pawhuska will be a centerpiece of the film where many of the buildings that were important there in the 1920s are still standing and in good condition today.
Pawhuska Mayor Roger Taylor said production crews are in town examining several buildings to see if they will work for the film.
He said that in some cases, crews were making minor changes and doing construction work to help buildings better replicate the 1920s. He added that even downtown streets would eventually turn into dirt roads. for filming.
Taylor said the real work of transforming the city won’t begin until late February or early March.
The film will star some of Hollywood’s biggest names, three Oscar winners, director Martin Scorsese and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.
News On 6 is told that Scorsese wants to make sure he creates an authentic representation of the Osage Nation and Indigenous peoples. He met several times with tribal members and the senior chief of the Osage Nation, Geoffrey Standing Bear.