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.Read More
Maybe hard to believe, but it's been nearly two years since we last saw Leonardo DiCaprio on the big screen. His last theatrical performance was in the critical hit The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese. But he returns this Christmas in the long-awaited drama The Revenant! The first footage has arrived. And it promises to be another award-season hit for the particularly choosy actor.
New Regency and 20th Century Fox have just released an exclusive teaser trailer for the upcoming film, The Revenant, which is sure to get your heart pumping. The film features a terrific ensemble of talent, unheralded by most major motion pictures, proving this will truly be something special. Leonardo DiCaprio is joined on screen for the first time ever by acclaimed actor Tom Hardy, in a role that could garner him his first ever Academy Award nomination. Also aboard for this thrilling ride are Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson.Read More
Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to star in and produce an adaptation of The Crowded Room, where the actor will play the role he's been eyeing for nearly 20 years, Billy Milligan, the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law. New Regency will produce alongside Leonardo DiCaprio's company Appian Way, with screenwriters Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg coming aboard to write the screenplay adaptation. The project is based on the 1981 non-fiction book The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes.
Billy Milligan was charged with robbery and the rapes of three women on the Ohio State University campus in the 1970s. While preparing for his defense, Milligan was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, and he plead not guilty by reason of insanity, which was caused by multiple personality disorder. Milligan and his lawyers contended that two of his 24 separate personalities committed the crimes without his knowledge. He was the first to ever use this defense, and also the first to be acquitted as well. Among Milligan's personalities were Adalena, a lesbian who fessed up to the rapes, Ragan, a Yugoslavian communist who admitted to the robberies, and a stuffy Englishman named Arthur. Milligan died in 2014.Read More
Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company is developing Robin Hood: Origins, which was written by Joby Harold (Knights of the Round Table). Deadline describes the project as, "a gritty version of the rogue do-gooder Robin Hood." The project isn't set up at a studio quite yet, but there are also two separate competing Robin Hood movies in development at other studios.
Disney is developing Nottingham & Hood, written by Brandon Barker, which is described as a revisionist take on the Robin Hood legend. The project is said to have the same tone as the studio's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which the studio intends to spawn a franchise from. Sony Pictures also acquired a Robin Hood pitch in October from writers Cory Goodman (The Last Witch Hunter) and Jeremy Lott (Lore), after a heated bidding war between Sony, Paramount and Working Title Films. That project will set up a Marvel-style shared universe, with the intention to launch a franchise with several different movies focusing on each of Robin Hood's band of merry men.Read More
Birdman racked up 9 Academy Award nominations last week, tying with The Grand Budapest Hotel for most recognized movie at this year's Oscars. Now, all eyes are on Alejandro González Iñárritu to see what he does next. EW has our first photos from his follow-up The Revenant, which finds Leonardo DiCaprio struggling to survive in the 1800s.
The Revenant is a frontier thriller written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu that follows an American fur trapper who is mauled by a bear and left for dead. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the survivalist, who treks 200 miles back to civilization to have his revenge on the men who left him behind, played by Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson.Read More
Netflix is teaming up with actor, producer and philanthropist Leonardo DiCaprio as well as production company Appian Way Productions on the upcoming original documentary release, Virunga.
Part investigative journalism and part nature documentary, Virunga is an acclaimed film from director Orlando von Einsiedel that follows an embattled team of park rangers and the endangered mountain gorillas they protect, as they are caught in the crossfire of poachers, militia and industry in Africa's oldest national park. DiCaprio will serve as an executive producer on the film, which is slated for release on November 7 in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and on Netflix in all territories where Netflix is available.Read More