Disney’s Hulu is currently developing a new limited series adaptation of Erik Larson’s book, “The Devil In The White City”, which tells the true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were forever linked by The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.
It follows Daniel H. Burnham, a brilliant and fastidious architect racing to make his mark on the world and Henry H. Holmes, a handsome and cunning doctor who fashioned his own pharmaceutical “Murder Castle” on fair grounds – a palace built to seduce, torture and mutilate young women. The story takes the viewer on a tour of murder, romance and mystery in the gilded age.
According to Deadline, Keanu Reeves is in negotiations to star in the series, which would be the first major TV role for the actor, who has previously starred in multiple film franchises including “John Wick”, “Matrix” and “Bill & Ted”.
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.
Both Dicaprio and Scorsese will be executive producers on the series along with Rick Yorn, Sam Shaw, Jennifer Davisson and Stacey Sher. Todd Field will be directing the first two episodes.
The new series is being developed for Hulu by ABC Signature, Appian Way and Paramount TV Studios.
It’s unknown if Disney will have the global distribution rights for a Disney+ release internationally or if it will be released on Paramount+.
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