Variety reports today that Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will executive produce “The Devil in the White City” for Hulu, a series based on Erik Larson’s book The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America, the story of real-life serial killer Dr. H.H. Holmes.
The novel tells the true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were forever linked by The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893: Daniel H. Burnham, a brilliant and fastidious architect racing to mark his mark on the world and Henry H. Holmes, a handsome and cunning doctor who fashioned his own pharmaceutical “Murder Castle” on the fair grounds.
The duo has been attached to the project for a number of years, with DiCaprio set to play Holmes but scheduling conflicts kept derailing the project. Truth be told, I’m a bit disappointed that we’ll never get to see DiCaprio go full serial killer mode but I guess a TV show is better than nothing.
Paramount Television will produce, with executive producers also including Stacey Sher, Rick Yorn, Emma Koskoff, and Jennifer Davisson.