It’s being reported that Marin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are once again reteaming, this time for an adaptation of Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson. The book is about one of America’s first serial killers, H. H. Holmes. Holmes is believed to have murdered up to 200 people in his notorious ‘murder castle’ that he built as a hotel for the 1893 World’s Fair, which was being held in Chicago, IL.
From the Deadline article:
DiCaprio will play Dr. HH Holmes, a cunning serial killer believed to have murdered anywhere from 27 to 200 people at a time when the city of Chicago was enthralled with hosting the World’s Fair of 1893. Holmes constructed The World’s Fair Hotel, an inn more lethal than the Bates Motel, especially for young single women. The sociopath used charm and guile to lure guests into what became known as a “murder castle,” a haunt that had a gas chamber, crematorium and a dissecting table where Holmes would murder his victims and strip their skeletons to sell for medical and scientific study.
I have actually watched a documentary on the character of H. H. Holmes prior to hearing about this film, and I have to say that I will be intrigued to see this. I can see no other way for this film to go rather than a horror film.
Scorsese has yet to direct a straight up horror film, the closest being Shutter Island, which was more of a thriller than a horror film. I cannot wait for this. While I am not the biggest Scorsese fan (blasphemy, I know), I will be at the theater opening day for this.
There is no production or release dates available as yet, but let’s hope it is something on the fast track and we will be seeing it sooner rather than later.