Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese Reuniting for ‘Devil in the White City’ Adaptation
Forget all the superhero news for a moment because this is absolutely the most exciting news of the day. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have just closed a deal with Paramount to re-team on a new film project scripted by Billy Ray, best known for his recent screenplays for The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips. The new film is based on Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America — a very fascinating and very, very dark story.
Deadline reports that Paramount won a bidding war for The Devil in the White City, which comes with Scorsese, DiCaprio and Ray attached to direct, star in and write, respectively. DiCaprio and Scorsese have collaborated on five films together, including 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street.
The Devil in the White City has reportedly been a passion project of DiCaprio’s for many years now, and will cast him in the part of one of the most notorious and prolific serial killers in American history, Dr. H. H. Holmes. Holmes was responsible for murdering somewhere between 27 and 200 people during the World’s Fair, which was held in Chicago in 1893. The killer built The World’s Fair Hotel, an insidious place where he could lure in — and murder — young, single women. His hotel held a gas chamber, a dissection table (shudder) and its very own crematorium where Holmes could easily dispose of the remains of his victims. After he murdered his victims, Holmes would dissect their bodies and sell their organs off for medical study.
It will be one of the most daring and challenging roles DiCaprio has ever undertaken, and it will mark his sixth film with Scorsese — maybe DiCaprio will finally land his Oscar.