Academy award winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, is coming back to the small screen after a hiatus from television in the late 90s.
Leonardo will team up with his 2002 ‘Gangs of New York’ film director Martin Scorsese to bring on screen an adaptation of Erik Larson’s New York Times bestselling nonfiction thriller ‘The Devil in the White City’. Hulu and Paramount Television are developing the series.
The television series will tell the chilling true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were forever linked by The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Each embodying American ingenuity at the dawn of the 20th century. Daniel H. Burnham, a brilliant and fastidious architect racing to make his mark on the world and Henry H. Holmes, a handsome and cunning doctor who fashioned his own pharmaceutical ‘Murder Castle’ on fair ground – a palace built to seduce, torture and mutilate young women.
The show, which was initially adapted for film has been under development at various studios since 2003. Both Warner Bros. and Paramount have had discussions in producing it but none came to a final conclusion until DiCaprio nabbed the rights himself in 2010. DiCaprio and Scorsese will executive produce the show together with Stacey Sher, Rick Yorn, Emma Koskoff and Jennifer Davisson.