Apple Landed the rights to the book ‘The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder’ with Leonardo DiCaprio & Scorsese on the project
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are teaming up once again, this time to tackle an adaptation of the upcoming David Grann non-fiction book, The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder.
Apple Original Films has landed the rights to the book, due out in April 2023. The project reteams the key players and companies behind the recently-wrapped adaptation of Grann’s true-crime tome, Killers of the Flower Moon.
Scorsese is attached to direct with DiCaprio attached to star in Wager. Producing are Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment, Scorsese via Sikelia Productions and DiCaprio and partner Jennifer Davisson via their Appian Way Productions
Set in the 1740s, Wager’s story is set in motion when a patched-together boat with 30 emaciated men landed on the coast of Brazil. The men were the surviving crew of 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 one, ended up on the coat of Chile, this one with three men. These new sailors charged that the other men were actually 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 while battling some the most extreme elements on the planet, but also battling their own human natures. For more, read The Hollywood Reporter report.
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