Hollywood Reporter Apple Original Films has acquired the rights to the non-fiction book The Wager from writer David Grann. Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will adapt the epic to hit bookstores in April 2023. Scorsese and DiCaprio’s upcoming book The Killers of the Flower Moon is an adaptation of Grann’s non-fiction book of the same name, making Bet the second collaboration between director, actor and author.
As described by publisher Doubleday in “The Wager” description (via Random penguin house), it looks like Scorsese fans are in for a cinematic treat that will be the director’s most ambitious project in years. The book follows a barely floating boat with 30 British sailors clinging to life as the ship was washed ashore in Brazil in the 1740s. The survivors are said to be members of the crew of a British ship that chased the Spanish boat before they made landfall in the Patagonia area. Through courage and bravery, men survived and survived to tell the story.
Claims that they survived against all odds are considered dubious after another ship arrived off the coast of Chile six months later and the survivors claimed that 30 were in fact mutineers. When the stories contradict each other, the British Admiralty launches a trial to find out what really happened.
It is not yet known when the film will go into production. Like many directors, Scorsese has a lot of unrealized projects. There is currently no screenwriter to write the script, although The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Imperative Entertainment is producing what will be Scorsese and DiCaprio’s seventh collaboration.