Leonardo DiCaprio will re-team with regular collaborator Martin Scorsese for the long-in-development film adaptation of Erik Larson’s non-fiction book “The Devil in The White City” at Paramount Pictures.
The project has been in the works for over a decade with Paramount being the latest to take a shot, the third time in fact they’ve done so with Cruise/Wagner setting up the book there in 2003. Rights lapsed, Paramount picked them up again in 2007. Rights lapsed again and so DiCaprio’s Appian Way acquired them 2010. They then went to Warners in 2011. They lapsed, and now Paramount has them again.
Set against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, it tells the intertwining stories of fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and serial killer H.H. Holmes, 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.
Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass,” “Captain Phillips”) will pen the script while Scorsese, DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Stacey Sher and Rick Yorn will produce.