Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are finally adapting Erik Larson‘s non-fiction book The Devil In The White City, though perhaps not in the way they originally hoped. Back in 2010, DiCaprio looked set to star in a film adaptation of the novel before the project fell through. DiCaprio will now produce a TV adaptation of the book alongside Scorsese.
Hulu have emerged as the frontrunners to air the series, although Paramount Television is producing. The book follows the construction of the World’s Fair in Chicago, as well as the serial killer H.H. Holmes. Although DiCaprio and Scorsese would have preferred a film adaptation of the book, the longer form of TV could actually be a better home for it.
A film would have likely been forced to cut out half of the story due to time constraints. It would have probably seen the loss of the story of architect Daniel Hudson Burnham. But in this form, the whole story can be kept intact, with both fascinating sides of the tale able to be developed.
We now wait on news regarding who will write the show and who will serve as showrunner. DiCaprio and Scorsese have been working on this adaptation for a while; hopefully this version finally comes to fruition.