As Deadline reports, Paramount has finally closed a deal to acquire Larson’s “The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America”, outlasting five other studios, including the aggressive pursuit of Universal and Fox. It puts DiCaprio and Scorsese together for their sixth collaboration, with a script by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips).
The film is about a man, America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, who had killed anywhere between 27-200 people. Here’s a synopsis of the book:
Not long after Jack the Ripper haunted the ill-lit streets of 1888 London, H.H. Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett) dispatched somewhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women, in the churning new metropolis of Chicago; many of the murders occurred during (and exploited) the city’s finest moment, the World’s Fair of 1893. Larson’s breathtaking new history is a novelistic yet wholly factual account of the fair and the mass murderer who lurked within it.