Long-time collaborator’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are set to pair up once again, this time for an adaptation of The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America. The novel, written by Erik Larson, is based on the true story of American serial killer Dr H. H. Holmes and was released in 2003 to a plethora of acclaim.
Industry favourite DiCaprio acquired the rights to the story in 2010, and now, five years later, production is finally in sight. With the actor and pal Scorsese attached, there was an auction – or as you can imagine, some kind of brawl – over who would distribute the movie, with Paramount coming out on top.
The true-life story takes place in 1893, and centres on both Holmes and architect Daniel H. Burnham. Billy (The Hunger Games) Ray will pen the screenplay, with the feature marking DiCaprio and Scorsese’s sixth cinematic collab. The pair have previously worked together on Gangs of New York, The Departed, and the 2014 memoir adaptation The Wolf of Wall Street.
In a daring role – and one which sticks to DiCaprio’s want to stray from convention – could this be the film to clinch that Academy win for the repeat nominee? Answers on a postcode.