Martin Scorsese’s film production company, Sikelia, established in 1996, has officially signed a first-look deal with Apple.
The deal between the company, which has produced over 40 different television shows, documentaries, and films—Shutter Island, The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence, and The Irishman, which happen to be most popular—and Apple will reportedly cover film and television projects that will be produced and directed for Apple TV+.
Sikelia is now part of a growing list of production companies that have inked deals with the tech giant, following Apple’s recent acquisition of Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Killers of The Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, for $180 million, joining DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson’s Appian Way, Idris Elba‘s Green Door Pictures, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, A24 and Imagine Documentaries, along with Sesame Workshop and Peanuts for children’s programming.
The upcoming movie is based on David Grann’s 2017 award-winning non-fiction, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, which focuses on a series of murders of wealthy Osage Native Americans in the early 1920s after the discovery of massive oil deposits beneath Osage Nation lands. The newly-formed FBI launches an investigation that leads to the trial and conviction of cattleman and murderer William Hale. Filming is set to begin in February 2021, with Paramount distributing the film to theaters.