In addition to the five motion pictures that director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio have collaborated on, comes their new venture The Devil in the White City, an adaptation of book The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America written by Erik Larson. Reports say that DiCaprio has been trying to get this book adapted to the big screen for years, and has finally been picked up by Paramount Pictures.
The Devil In The White City: Murder… is a non-fiction work which tells the story of true-life Dr. Holmes (who is to be played by DiCaprio) and his evil doings in the late 19th Century of Chicago. The City hosted a World’s Fair in 1893, and in anticipation for the event Holmes agreed to build a hotel for the guests of the event to stay in. However, psychopathic Holmes made the project his own by creating not a hotel but a “murder castle”, in which he would lure young women there and kill them. The building contained a gas chamber, crematorium and a dissecting table, and Holmes would often sell the skeletons of his victims for scientific study.
The screenplay for the new feature has been written by Billy Ray, known for Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games. And although the project has been in circulation for a long time, Billy Ray’s adaptation is the first to spark interest in Scorsese and DiCaprio, with producer Rick Yorn. No further information has been released as yet about potential production dates.