Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in and produce a film adaptation of Erik Larson’s bestselling book “The Devil in the White City” reports Deadline.
Larson’s nonfiction book, set against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, tells the intertwining stories of fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and serial killer H.H. Holmes (DiCaprio), a charming sociopath who used a hotel he built near the fairgrounds to lure victims.
Complete with gas chamber and crematorium, Holmes would murder his victims and strip their skeletons to sell for medical and scientific study. Holmes killed at least twenty-seven people, mostly young women, though some say the number was closer to nearly two hundred.
DiCaprio’s Appian Way along with Double Features have acquired the screen rights to the 2003 book and will shortly hire a writer and put together a package before making a deal with a studio. Cruise/Wagner Prods. picked up rights back in 2003 but let the option lapse. Kathryn Bigelow (“K-19”) was previously attached to direct and produce at one point.