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Apple Landed the rights to the book ‘The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder’ with Leonardo DiCaprio & Scorsese on the project

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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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News & Documentary Emmy Awards are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American national news and documentary programming. The winners of the 43rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be unveiled at ceremonies on September 28 and 29, 2022.


Apple announced that they were recognized by the News & Documentary Emmy Awards with nominations for celebrated documentaries including:


Best Documentary

“The Line”

In covert modern warfare, the line between right and wrong has blurred. This docuseries examines the moral ambiguities of war as embodied by the 2018 case in which a US Navy SEAL platoon accused its chief Eddie Gallagher of war crimes.


Outstanding Investigative Documentary

“The Line”


Outstanding Science & Technology Documentary



Outstanding Editing: Documentary

“9/11: Inside the President's War Room”


Outstanding Sound: Documentary

“Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson”

Oscar and Grammy Award-winning producer and artist Mark Ronson explores the intersection of technology and musical innovation with his heroes and fellow hitmakers – including Paul McCartney, DJ Premier, Charli XCX, Dave Grohl and Questlove.


“9/11: Inside the President’s War Room”

Experience the events of September 11, 2001 through the eyes of President Bush and his closest advisors as they personally detail the crucial hours and key decisions from that historic day.



Directed and photographed by Drew Xanthopoulos (“The Sensitives”), “Fathom” follows Dr. Ellen Garland and Dr. Michelle Fournet, two scientists focused on the study of humpback whale songs and social communication. As they embark on parallel research journeys on opposite sides of the world, they seek to better understand whale culture and communication. The documentary film uniquely reveals a deep commitment and reverence to the scientific process and the universal human need to seek answers about the world around us. From hypothesis to groundbreaking experiences in the field, “Fathom” showcases the passion, curiosity, collaboration, perseverance and work it takes for leading scientists to make scientific discoveries.


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