Leonardo DiCaprio to play serial killer for Martin Scorsese
Cinema fans, rejoice. Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is all set to collaborate again with filmmaker Martin Scorsese for The Devil in the White City. Paramount has won the bid to Erik Larson’s bestselling book, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America.
This will be Scorsese and DiCaprio’s sixth collaboration after The Wolf of Wall Street, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, and Shutter Island. The actor will play the infamous 19th Century serial killer, Dr HH Holmes, who accepted killing 27 people but is believed to have murdered up to 200.
The project had been in the works for more than a decade. Tom Cruise once optioned the book with the intention to star but DiCaprio — under his Appian Way production company — bought the rights to the 2003 non-fiction book five years ago. A recent big auction had five big studios, including Universal and Fox, bidding aggressively for the movie rights to the 2003 non-fiction book.
A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, Holmes was responsible for luring mainly young single women to his World’s Fair Hotel in Chicago and dissecting them. This chilling quote is often contributed to him, “Yes I was born with the devil in me. I was born with the evil standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me since.”
Scorsese is directing from the script by Captain Phillips scribe Billy Ray. The film will centre on two main characters — the producer/architect of the World’s Fair, Daniel H Burnham, and Holmes, the man who worked for him. DiCaprio is producing with his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson along with Scorsese, Stacey Sher, and Rick Yorn. Paramount had them locked for The Devil in the White City, which has a seven figure commitment.