While it sounds like The Devil In The White City will be the next collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, exactly when they will be making it remains a bit of a mystery.
Deadline reports that Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will continue their bromance with the project, with Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass“, “Captain Phillips”) tasked with writing the script. The true story is a fascinating one, with the book recounting the depraved acts of a deadly serial killer as it plays out against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair, and how the event quickly transformed the mid-sized city into a bustling, chaotic metropolis – the flawless playground for a murderer. Paramount’s Elizabeth Raposo will oversee it with Evans. Leonardo DiCaprio, who has long championed the book and wanted to be a part of the film, will play the leading role Dr. H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who used the Chicago World Fair as a cover for his dastardly murders.
It will be the sixth time DiCaprio has worked with Scorsese. Ray cracked that, and the town flipped for it.
DiCaprio and Scorsese have collaborated on five films together, including 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Once he opened his hotel, he would hire mostly single women as hotel staff and require that each of the women obtain a life insurance policy for which Holmes, who would pay the premiums, would be the beneficiary. “He would use “charm and guile to lure guests into what became known as a ‘murder castle, ‘” which featured a gas chamber, crematorium and a dissecting table”. Ray wrote and directed The Secret In Their Eyes, which STX Entertainment releases November 20. WME also reps Scorsese CAA and attorney Peter Nichols rep Ray.