Hulu announced Thursday that it is moving forward with the project that chronicles the crimes of HH Holmes during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Reeves – known for his roles in ‘The Matrix’ and ‘John Wick’ among many others – will bring to life the character of Burnham, the architect behind the ‘White City’. The series will be a co-production between Disney’s ABC Signature and Paramount Television. The announcement was made as part of Hulu’s Virtual Media Access during the Television Critics Association Summer Tour.
Leonardo DiCaprio acquired the rights to the book over a decade ago in 2010 and has been trying to develop it as a movie and TV series ever since. News broke in 2019 that DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese were collaborating to bring the project to life on Hulu. Originally, DiCaprio had hired Scorsese to direct it as a movie, in which the former would have relished the role of Holmes.
Despite DiCaprio’s previous interest in playing the role of Holmes in a film, nothing has been conveyed regarding the limited series character. DiCaprio is on board as an executive producer, however. As far as casting goes, Reeves is the only revealed acting talent.
Even Scorsese had dropped his directorial ambitions for the project and was announced as executive producer instead. Scorsese’s replacement as director will be Todd Field, known for projects such as “In the Bedroom” and “Little Children.” The series will be written by Sam Shaw, who previously co-created the Hulu series “Castle Rock.” Shaw will also serve as show runner and an executive producer. Jennifer Davidson, who is a partner at Appian Way Production (a production company founded in 2021 by DiCaprio), was also announced as executive producer.
Hulu was unable to provide release dates or a schedule for “Devil in the White City”. With the announcement just made, we can assume it will be some time before we see Reeves as Burnham on our screens.
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