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Martin Scorsese to direct DiCaprio in Devil In The White City

Devil In The White City movie coming: Scorsese and DiCaprio unite for upcoming adaptation of Erik Larson’s book.

Scorsese and DiCaprio will collaborate on a Devil In The White City movie

Scorsese and DiCaprio will collaborate on a Devil In The White City movie

After Paramount won back the rights to a property that it had owned twice before, it has been revealed that it has placed Martin Scorsese to team up with his ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ star Leonardo DiCaprio for Devil In The White City.

The project revolves around the lives of two men who turned the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair into their playground; one an architect, and the other a serial killer. The Hollywood Reporter reports that DiCaprio is up for the role of H.H. Holmes, ‘a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair. Holmes devised and erected the World’s Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his charismatic personality to lure victims to their death.’

The architect, named Daniel H. Burnham who built the fair, remains uncast, but is a lead for a potential big name.

Scorsese directs, and Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) will write the screenplay.

This will be a huge project for Scorsese, and the trade reports that this will be his next film. Previous big names attached to the project include Tom Cruise, who was at one time looking to star and produce.

Devil In The White City is based on a 2003 book of the same name by Erik Larson, a property that DiCaprio nabbed the rights for back in 2010.

Devil In The White City movie

Devil In The White City movie

Amazon has a more detailed synopsis:

[quote_box_center]The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and its amazing ‘White City’ was one of the wonders of the world. This is the incredible story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked: one was an architect, the other a serial killer.The architect was Daniel H. Burnham, the driving force behind the White City, the massive, visionary landscape of white buildings set in a wonderland of canals and gardens. The killer was H. H. Holmes, a handsome doctor with striking blue eyes. He used the attraction of the great fair – and his own devilish charms – to lure scores of young women to their deaths. While Burnham overcame politics, infighting, personality clashes and Chicago’s infamous weather to transform the swamps of Jackson Park into the greatest show on Earther, Holmes built his own edifice just west of the fairground. He called it the World’s Fair Hotel. In reality it was a torture palace, a gas chamber, a crematorium.These two disparate but driven men toegther with a remarkable supporting cast of colourful characters, including as Buffalo Bill, George Ferris, Thomas Edison and some of the 27 million others who converged on the dazzling spectacle of the White City, are brought to life in this mesmerizing, murderous tale of the legendary Fair that transformed America and set it on course for the twentieth century.[/quote_box_center]

Shooting is expected to star in the early part of 2016.

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