Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to both star in and produce a film adaptation of “The Crowded Room,” New Regency’s long in gestation film adaptation of the acclaimed 1981 book “The Minds of Billy Milligan” by Daniel Keyes.
Billy Milligan was a man tormented by twenty-four distinct personalities battling for supremacy over his body. It was a battle that culminated when he awoke in jail, arrested for the kidnap and rape of three women on the Ohio State University campus in the 1970s.
In a landmark trial, Billy was acquitted of his crimes by reason of insanity caused by multiple personality – the first such decision in history. The personalities included a petty criminal, a drug dealer, an affection-starved lesbian, an eight-year-old sadist, a con man, a snobby Englishman, a Yugoslavian communist, and an escape-artist. Each of the people play a distinct role in this often shocking true story.
The likes of Joel Schumacher and Todd Field have previously been attached to the project over the years, whilst the likes of James Cameron have expressed interest.
Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg have been hired to pen a new adaptation of the script, while DiCaprio’s Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Alexandra Milchan will also produce.