It’s official: Hulu is working on a TV adaptation of the bestseller ‘Devil in the White City’ from Erik Larson, already with Keanu Reeves ready to star in what will be his most important television role to date, after having sounded in negotiations. The drama, which has been developed as a movie first and then a TV series, is underway. since Leonardo DiCaprio acquired the property in 2010, and now it finally has a formal series order on the Disney-backed platform. The news was announced as part of the press conference at the Television Critics Association’s summer tour.
A great team for an ambitious limited series
Sam Shaw (“Castle Rock”) is on board as writer, showrunner and executive producer. DiCaprio and his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson will executive produce alongside Martin Scorsese. The latter was previously set to direct the film which had been set at Paramount Pictures with DiCaprio previously attached to star. Reeves, after months of negotiation, will star in and co-produce the series, which began development on Hulu in 2019. Todd Field is on board now to direct the series, which is now a co-production between Paramount Television Studios and ABC.. Paramount Pictures won the rights to the novel following a massive bidding war in 2015, when Billy Ray was on board to write the scripts.
Based on Larson’s novel, the novel revolves around Daniel H. Burnham (Reeves), a demanding but visionary architect who is quick to make his mark on history with the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and the Dr. HH Holmes, America’s first modern serial killer and the man behind the notorious ‘Murder Castle’ built in the shadow of the fair. (DiCaprio is not expected to have an on-screen role at the time of publication.)
Rick Yorn, Stacey Sher, Field, and Mark Lafferty they are also executive producers of the series, on which a formal episode count has yet to be determined. Scorsese and DiCaprio have previously teamed up for 5 films and are preparing at least two more. DiCaprio currently has a film and television deal at Apple and Paramount, including the $200 million project ‘Killers of the Flower Moon.’