DiCaprio and Scorsese Team Up For New Project
Leonardo DiCaprio is set to re-team with Martin Scorsese for a big screen adaptation of Erik Larsen’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness At The Fair That Changed America.
According to Deadline, the novel, based on a true story, was recently at the center of a massive bidding war between the studios. The “grand prize” went to Paramount, which promptly put together a package reuniting the star and director. Both have previously worked together on The Wolf of Wall Street, Shutter Island, The Departed, The Aviator and Gangs of New York.
Di Caprio will also be producing the project, to be scripted by Billy Ray, alongside Scorsese, Jennifer Davisson, Stacey Sher and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.
DiCaprio’s character is Dr. HH Holmes – a serial killer who is believed to have killed up to 200 people during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.
Unsuspecting young women, fooled by the Holmes’ seemingly charming manner, checked into the World’s Fair Hotel, built by Holmes, but never checked out alive. The place, which came to be known as the “murder castle,” included a gas chamber, dissecting table and crematorium.
This will not be the first time that Ray has worked with DiCaprio. He scripted The Ballad of Richard Jewell, an upcoming title based on the true story of Richard Jewell, a security guard who became a hero and suspect in the immediate aftermath of the 1996 bombing of Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. DiCaprio is starring in that project alongside Jonah Hill. Its release date is unknown at this time.