It seems like Devil in the White City, a book by Erik Larson about infamous American serial killer H.H. Holmes has been in development hell forever, but word came from Variety this week that Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will finally be moving ahead with the project, developing it as a series for Hulu.
DiCaprio purchased the adaptation rights to the book a decade ago, intending to star in the film as Holmes with Scorsese directing, but for whatever reason, the project never moved forward.
Believed to be the first documented serial killer in the history of the United States, H.H. Holmes was a madman who created his own torture chamber/hotel where he would lure unsuspecting victims, killing them in a variety of ways and using the property’s extensive secret passages, hidden doorways, etc. to cover his tracks.
Holmes was eventually caught after several of his own insurance claims on some of his victims were called into question. He confessed to 27 murders, though only nine of them could be confirmed.
What is certain is that his hotel was a chamber of horrors with more ways to silently kill and dispose of bodies than most of us could dream up in our worst nightmares.
In Devil in the White City, Larson tracked the Holmes’s movements while simultaneously telling the story of the famed Chicago World’s Fair and Daniel Hudson Burnham, the architect behind its beautiful attractions.
No casting news is available as of yet, but DiCaprio and Scorsese will produce the series for Hulu’s streaming service. iHorror will keep you posted on all the details as they become available!