Mr. DiCaprio never ceases to amaze us. Anything that he touches turns into gold. He's been for years chasing to play the ultimate bad guy, Henry H. Holmes, the character from the book, The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America. This role, however, is nothing like his Calvin Candie character from Quentin Tarantino's magnum opus Django Unchained. It's more sadistic. Per Deadline, Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights to Erik Larson's book, which will be turned into a script by Billy Ray (Captain Philips). What makes this project important is that it will bring DiCaprio and the legendary Martin Scorsese together for the sixth time. Their last collaboration, as well all know, was 'The Wolf Of Wall Street,' which earned five Oscar nominations.
The Devil In The White City is about two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.
Mark the title on whatever you like to, and wait for Paramount Pictures to announce the release date. This one is going to be the next Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio classic.