Earlier this year, at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, Disney announced a brand new series, “Devil in the White City,” which is in development by ABC Signature and Paramount Television Studios.
“Devil in the White City” is based on the bestselling novel by Erik Larson, which tells the story of Dr. H. H. Holmes, a serial killer and the man behind the “Murder Castle” at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and Daniel H. Burnham, a demanding but brilliant architect who races to make his mark on the world.
It was originally announced that the series would star Keanu Reeves; however, according to Variety, he will no longer be involved in the project. This was going to be his first-ever television role. The search is now underway for a replacement.
The series will be produced by Appian Way, Martin Scorsese, Rick Yorn, Jennifer Davisson, and Stacey Sher. It will be written by Sam Shaw and directed by Todd Field.
This project has been in development for a while, with Leonardo DiCaprio purchasing the rights to the book in 2010, where it was originally going to be made into a film at Paramount with Martin Scorsese set to direct, before being turned into a series.
“Devil in the White City” will be released on Hulu in the United States, and it’s likely that this series to also be released globally on Disney+.