The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Leonardo DiCaprio’s next movie in the works will be his passion project Devil in the White City, a non-fiction crime thriller about the two men who created the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Daniel H. Burnham and H.H. Holmes. DiCaprio has listed his long time collaborator Martin Scorsese to direct the film and Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games) to write the screenplay.
The novel, written by Eric Larson, has been on and off development – originally with Tom Cruise starring and Kathryn Bigelow directing – since the rights were first acquired and then lapsed by both Paramount and Warner Bros since 2003. DiCaprio himself bought the rights in 2010 and it looks as if Paramount is back on board.
Devil in the White City focuses on Burnham, who was the architect responsible for designing the fair as well as the “White City.” The novel chronicles the challenges Burnham had to face in making this possible. His partner, Holmes, helped design the World’s Fair Hotel. But Holmes was also a serial killer, putting a gas chamber and crematorium at the bottom of the World’s Fair Hotel to kill his victims, most of which he picked out at the World’s Fair. The Hollywood Reporter learned that DiCaprio is interested in playing the role of Holmes.
DiCaprio will next be seen alongside Tom Hardy in The Revenant, the new film from Oscar winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman). The Revenant is set for a 2016 January release, but will most likely have a limited 2015 release in order to be considered for this year’s Academy Awards.