The Devil in the White City

Movie information

Release Date: to be announced

Production Companies:
Double Feature Films, Appian Way Productions
Warner Bros

Status: In Development

Leonardo DiCaprio

Screenwriter: Graham Moore
Script: Book Adaptation

Genre: Drama, Thriller
About the film:
The story focuses on the lives of two men who turned the 1893 Chicago World's Fair into their playground. One man, Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, in a short period of time was forced to overcome immense obstacles to construct the famous "White City" around which the fair was built. The other, H.H. Holmes, was a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair. Holmes devised and erected the World's Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims to their death.

Project Timeline:
Apr. 8, 2003: Project announced. Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Writer: Christopher Kyle, Cast: Tom Cruise, Distributor: Paramount
Feb. 5, 2007: Project back in development at Paramount (book options had lapsed in 2004)
Dec. 7, 2008: Director: David Fincher (in talks), Writer: Eric Roth (new script)
Nov. 1, 2010: Project back in development and merged with rival project. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Distributor: Paramount no longer involved ever since the book rights lapsed a second time
Dec. 16, 2011: Writer: Graham Moore, Distributor: Warner Bros

Related links:
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

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    suzanne – bosotn
    January 01, 2012 - 20:41
    Subject: Re: Just finished the book....

    And it should be a great movie. If filmed properly, this could get a big Oscar nod. There was so much drama surrounding the Chicago World's Fair that it was inevitable a movie script would emerge.

    August 03, 2011 - 14:02
    Subject: Book/Movie

    Cant wait for this film. Book was captivating. Casting seems perfect!

    J – IL USA
    July 15, 2011 - 16:06
    Subject: Devil in the White City news?

    Can you provide an update on the production plans for this hugely anticipated movie?

    Is filming tentatively scheduled? When? Will Chicago - Jackson Park area be used for a location? Has casting started?

    Thank you

    Reply to J
    August 01, 2011 - 11:00
    Subject: Re: Devil in the White City news?

    No production start date yet. No casting either. Still in early development.