Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese are teaming up again! “The Wolf of Wall Street” super-team is collaborating on DiCaprio’s “dream project”, a true crime serial-killer story ,”The Devil in The White City.” Read on to find out more.
The rights to Erik Larson’s excellent non-fiction “The Devil in The White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America” was bought by DiCaprio in 2011. And after a slew of hit and miss negotiations with other studios including Warner Bros, the film was finally optioned in an aggressive bidding war by Paramount. What’s more, Scorsese is signed on as director, with DiCaprio himself starring in a “killer role he was wanted to play for a long time”, Deadline is reporting.
The book, which follows the exploits of Dr. H. H. Holmes, serial-killer who tempted his young female victims into an elaborately constructed ‘Murder Castle’, which contained a “gas chamber, crematorium and a dissecting table.” The story is set in the Chicago World Fair of 1893 and contains memorable characters like George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr; creator of the Ferris wheel. Holmes is believed to have killed up to 200 people, and he would later sell their bodies for medical study. He also had an unbelievably great mustache, The A. V. Club reports.
This project will be the sixth outing for the Scorcese-DiCaprio team, Hollywood’s dynamic duo who have together given us films like “The Aviator”, “Gangs Of New York”, “The Departed” and “Shutter Island.” Their most recent film, “The Wolf of Wall Street” was nominated for five Academy Awards. All together, the films of the duo have won 8 Oscars, with over 30 total nominations. But DiCaprio, notoriously, has never won an Academy Award, despite being nominated numerous times. Lets hope he corrects that with this new project.
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