Ties between Martin Scorsese and Apple TV Plus are strengthening: the sources of Deadline report that the director's production house, which is called Sikelia Productions, has signed a multi-year first option contract with the Apple streaming service.
These contracts are quite common in Hollywood, and basically allow a platform to be informed earlier than everyone else about a new project. There is no production obligation, but when it comes to highly sought after artists, like Scorsese, it is an important tactical advantage.
Apparently Apple does not mind this modus operandi. A similar contract also obtained it with:
- Appian Way, by Leonardo DiCaprio, for TV series and documentaries
- Green Door Pictures, by Idris Elba
- Study A24
- Imagine Documentaries
- Sesame Workshop
- Scott Free by Ridley Scott, who also directed the very famous – let's say iconic – Super Bowl "1984" commercial for the Macintosh launch.
The ties between Scorsese and Apple, on the other hand, are more recent: orphaned by a lender, Scorsese knocked on Apple's door just a few months ago for the launch of Killers of the Flower Moon, his new work with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. It is worth noting that a similar situation (unforeseen budget increase) had occurred for the previous film, namely The Irishman; in that case, however, the director had turned to Netflix.
The exact details of the agreement are not known. The source simply states that it is multi-year and that it will cover any type of Sikelia content – for cinema or for TV. Sikelia was founded in 2003, and since it is based on the work of one of the most respected directors in the history of cinema, it has a catalog of absolute prestige, among which it is worth mentioning:
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Shutter Island
- The Departed
- The Aviator
- Boardwalk Empire