Saturday, 19 September 2015

Martin Scorsese set to direct The Devil In The White City

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street) has been trying to bring an adaptation of Erik Larson's true crime thriller novel The Devil In The White City to the big screen for years with no success. Things are finally sharpening up for the film, with word arriving via Deadline that Martin Scorsese (The Wolf Of Wall Street) is now set to direct. 

Larson's scrupulously researched and endlessly compelling tome chronicles real life serial killer Dr H.H. Holmes, who might not have gained the infamy of Jack the Ripper, but is alleged to have killed a slew of people around the time of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. A weird and charismatic, if ghoulish figure, it is certainly easy to see why Holmes would appeal to DiCaprio on screen, even though the result will likely be darker than anything he has tackled in the past.

And reuniting with his The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) collaborator, Scorsese, is the best of all possible worlds. DiCaprio has been looking to get this one into production since the rights first became available, but finally snagged them back in 2010. Writers such as Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) have come and gone and Warner Bros had the option on the movie for a while, before letting it go around a month ago. DiCaprio, along with producers Rick Yorn (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Stacey Sher (Django Unchained), Michael Shamberg (Django Unchained) and Jennifer Davisson (The Ides Of March) offered up a new deal that included a script by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and Paramount Pictures were quick to snatch it up, beating the likes of 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures to the project.

With luck, this will finally start moving quickly and DiCaprio can pencil in a date to team up with Scorsese once again. The actor has recently completed the punishing shoot for Alejandro González Iñárritu's (Babel) The Revenant, while Scorsese has been working on missionary historical drama Silence.

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