Killers of the flower moon

Executive Summary

Pass/Consider/Recommend/Highly Recommend
Engine: Gemini


Explanation: Killers of the Flower Moon is a historical drama with a compelling premise and strong potential. The screenplay effectively portrays the historical context and the gradual unveiling of the conspiracy. However, it suffers from uneven pacing, underdeveloped character arcs, and an abrupt ending. Addressing these areas, particularly by exploring the psychological impact on the Osage community and strengthening the emotional connection with the audience, would significantly enhance the screenplay's overall impact.

Engine: Claude


Explanation: Killers of the Flower Moon is a gripping historical drama that explores the tragic murder of members of the Osage Nation in the 1920s, when the tribe had become the wealthiest people per capita in the world due to oil discoveries on their land. The screenplay skillfully weaves together the personal stories of the Burkhart family, particularly the relationship between Ernest Burkhart and his wife Mollie, with the broader historical context of the Osage murders and the FBI's investigation. The narrative is both emotionally resonant and visually striking, creating a powerful and thought-provoking exploration of the complex social and political forces at play. Overall, the screenplay demonstrates a strong command of character development, historical authenticity, and dramatic tension, making it a compelling and impactful work of storytelling.

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USP: Our script stands out for its authentic portrayal of the Osage culture, its exploration of themes of identity, justice, and the clash between tradition and progress, and its blend of cultural authenticity, emotional depth, and nuanced dialogue. With the incorporation of Osage language and cultural references, our script immerses the audience in the Osage community, providing a rich and nuanced portrayal of the characters and their experiences. The direct and straightforward dialogue reflects the characters' personalities and beliefs, enhancing the emotional depth and relatability of the story. Our script adds depth and authenticity to the storytelling, enhancing the emotional impact of the scenes and providing a visual and immersive storytelling experience.

Genres: Drama, Crime, Mystery, Historical, Romance, Thriller, Western, Legal

Setting: The 1920s, Osage County, Oklahoma

Overview: The screenplay demonstrates a high level of originality, creativity, and engaging dialogue. While there are strengths in character development and unpredictability, there are areas for improvement in character changes and emotional depth.

Themes: Family Loyalty, Corruption and Crime, Identity and Heritage, Justice and Law Enforcement, Tradition and Culture

Conflict and Stakes: Ernest's struggle to clear his name after being falsely accused of a crime, with his family's reputation and his own conscience at stake.

Overall Mood: Tense and emotional

Mood/Tone at Key Scenes:

  • Scene 1: The scene where Ernest and Mollie discuss their children and whether Ernest has told the truth is tense and emotional, as Mollie confronts Ernest about his actions.
  • Scene 12: The scene where Ernest testifies in court and Mollie walks out without receiving a satisfactory answer is tense and confrontational.

Standout Features:

  • Unique Hook: The screenplay is based on true events, which adds an extra layer of intrigue and authenticity to the story.
  • Plot Twist : The revelation that Ernest's child has died, and the subsequent investigation into the cause of death, adds a new dimension to the story and raises the stakes even higher.
  • Innovative Idea : The screenplay explores the impact of white man's laws on Native American communities, which is a unique and timely theme that adds depth and relevance to the story.

Comparable Scripts:

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Mudbound
  • The Revenant
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Market Analysis

Budget Estimate:$25-35 million

Target Audience Demographics: Adults aged 25-54, fans of drama, legal thrillers, and westerns.

Marketability: The story explores compelling themes, has a diverse cast, and is based on true events. The screenplay has the potential to attract a wide audience and generate buzz due to its unique blend of genres and strong appeal to a wide adult audience.

The screenplay has a gripping storyline, unique hooks, and major twists that will keep the audience engaged.

The screenplay has a strong cast of characters, including complex and multi-dimensional Native American characters, and explores relevant social themes.

Profit Potential: High, due to strong appeal to a wide adult audience and potential for award nominations.

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Writer's Voice

Summary:The writer's voice is characterized by a blend of cultural authenticity, emotional depth, and nuanced dialogue. They effectively incorporate Osage language and cultural references, creating a sense of richness and authenticity in the storytelling. The dialogue is direct and straightforward, reflecting the characters' personalities and beliefs. The narrative description is concise and evocative, capturing the atmosphere and emotions of the scenes. The writer's voice contributes to the script by immersing the audience in the Osage culture, exploring themes of identity, justice, and the clash between tradition and progress. It adds depth and authenticity to the storytelling, enhancing the emotional impact of the scenes.

Best representation: Scene 2 - Mollie Kyle's Monthly Check-in and Osage Community Chaos. This scene is the best representation because it effectively combines descriptive narrative and dialogue to create a distinct atmosphere and convey the characters' beliefs and conflicts.

Memorable Lines:

  • : The Osage Indians are the richest per capita of any civilized body of human beings in the world. (Scene 1)
  • : Chief Charles Grayson, the Osage Principal Chief, is dead. (Scene 2)
  • Mollie: I'm not a white man's nigger. (Scene 3)
  • Mollie: I'm not a white man's nigger, but I'm a Osage Indian. (Scene 3)
  • Mollie: I'm not a white man's nigger, but I'm a Osage Indian, and I'm rich. (Scene 3)

Writing Style:

The screenplay showcases a dialogue-driven style with a focus on character interactions and conflicts, reminiscent of Aaron Sorkin's and David Mamet's writing styles. The scenes also explore themes of justice, morality, and societal issues, similar to the works of Aaron Sorkin, Quentin Tarantino, and Cormac McCarthy. The writing style is characterized by sharp and impactful dialogue, minimalistic narrative description, and a focus on the internal struggles and emotions of the characters.

Style Similarities:

  • Aaron Sorkin
  • David Mamet
  • Cormac McCarthy
Other Similarities: The screenplay also features elements reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino's and Terrence Malick's writing styles, particularly in terms of the creation of tension and drama through visual storytelling and the exploration of introspection and nature.
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