The team of actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese has garnered a great deal of critical acclaim for their collaborations on such films as Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and The Wolf of Wall Street. That collaboration is about to make a return in a new film, adapting a highly regarded non-fiction novel.
According to Variety, a film adaptation of author Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America is in the works at Paramount Pictures, with DiCaprio set to star and Scorsese set to direct. DiCaprio’s involvement in the project actually dates back to 2010, but the film has been in the works for well over a decade. Paramount recently reacquired the rights, after already owning them on two previous occasions. Scripting duties will fall to screenwriter Billy Ray, whose previous credits include The Hunger Games franchise and the Paul Greengrass-directed Captain Phillips.
The official publisher’s description of the novel reads,
The Devil in the White City intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.
DiCaprio is set to play Herman Webster Mudgett, also known as “H.H. Holmes,” the serial killer who constructed a grotesque “murder castle” in which he would lure his victims, and kill them on the grounds of the 1893 World’s Fair. Holmes is said to have killed anywhere between 27 and 200 people, while the story also focuses on World’s Fair architect Daniel Burnham. No word yet on who will be playing Burnham in the film.
As of now, no release information is yet available, but this is certainly the closest that the film has ever come to going into active production. For more on this project as it takes shape, keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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