The Devil in the White City

(2017)

An adaptation of Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City."

The book focuses on multiple stories revolving around the World Columbian Exposition in 1893. One of the main characters is the real-life character H.H. Holmes, the first documented serial killer in America.

DiCaprio & Scorsese Reunite for ‘Devil in the White City’

DiCaprio & Scorsese Reunite for ‘Devil in the White City’

Paramount Pictures has won the rights to Erik Larson's non-fiction book The Devil in the White City, which has Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star and Martin Scorsese set to direct. Paramount beat out four other studios, including Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. The adaptation is a passion project for Leonardo DiCaprio, who was attached to star when the adaptation was set up at Warner Bros. back in 2011. The studio let the rights lapse last month, leading to the bidding war that Paramount eventually won.

Graham Moore, who won an Academy Award earlier this year for The Imitation Game, wrote an early draft of the script, but now Billy Ray is taking over the writing duties. The screenwriter reportedly had a new take on the material that connected the two main characters, Holmes and the man he worked for, the "architect/producer" of the World's Fair, who didn't know his employee was a serial killer. The Devil in the White City will be the next project for both Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, but it isn't known when production may begin.

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Warner Bros. Picks Up ‘The Devil in the White City’

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Erik Larson's non-fiction book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America.

Leonardo DiCaprio will star as Dr. HH Holmes in this tale about a Chicago serial killer stalking prey at the World's Fair. Graham Moore will write the screenplay.

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