Keanu reeves (the Matrix, John wick) is reportedly in talks to play his first official television role in the miniseries The devil in the white city.
According to Deadline, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin scorsese will be the executive producer.
The limited series, based on the 2003 novel through Erik Larson set in Chicago in 1893, interweaving the true stories of Daniel Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World’s Fair, and HH Holmes, a serial killer who brought his victims to death in his ” Murder Castle ‘painstakingly constructed.
The novel, The devil in the white city is divided into four parts, the first three taking place in Chicago between 1890 and 1893, while the fourth part of the book takes place in Philadelphia around 1895. The plot revolves around Daniel Burnham, his construction of the fair and the struggles that ‘he overcomes. The other, a vivid and very different plot, is that of HH Holmes, a mentally unstable pharmacist / doctor who hatches a plan to use abandoned land in front of his pharmacy to lure and kill multiple victims.
The project has been associated with many famous names since the rights to the book began to change hands. The devil in the white city was first put into development in Hollywood by Tom cruise and Paula wagner via their Cruise / Wagner banner, but the option lapsed in 2004. Paramount bought out the rights to the film in 2007 and set it up with producers Michael shamberg and Stacey Sher.
In 2010, Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the rights to the book and, at the time, configured it to be a feature with Paramount. In 2015 Deadline announced that the legendary director Martin scorsese would be reunited with DiCaprio for this project. DiCaprio and Scorsese have already done The Wolf of Wall Street, The New York Gangs, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter island together.
At the time, in 2015, it was announced that DiCaprio would play HH Holmes, who allegedly murdered between 27 and 200 people, mostly young single women. However, at this time, it’s unclear whether he’ll be on camera or behind the scenes. Keanu Reeves is the only actor announced at the moment.
In 2019, Deadline announced that Hulu will develop the book into a miniseries instead of a feature film and that Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin scorsese will ensure the executive production of the project with Stacey Sher, Rick yorn, Emma Koskoff, and JEnnifer Davisson.
Director Todd Field signed on to direct the first two episodes with Sam shaw, who created stone castle and Manhattan, by adapting the book to a scripted form. Paramount is expected to be involved in the production of Paramount TV Studios alongside ABC Signature and Appian Way.
The project is still in pre-production and the full cast has yet to be announced. At this time, there is no information regarding filming times, but we have confirmed that the filming location is Chicago.
Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project!
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