It looks like Netflix won’t be the only streaming platform that Martin Scorsese is getting into bed with according to TheHollywoodReporter as a Hulu and Paramount Television will be teaming up with some help of Leonardo DiCaprio on developing the turn of the century serial killer project The Devil In The White City into a series, as Martin and Leo had previously been working on adapting the novel in a feature film at Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures.
The best-selling book, which was being developed by the pair for a film adaptation, is now being turned into a show at Paramount Television.
Hulu and Paramount Television are developing a small-screen adaptation of Erik Larson’s New York Times best-selling nonfiction thriller. The news was announced onstage Monday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.
The Devil in the White City tells the chilling true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were forever linked by the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Each embodied American ingenuity at the dawn of the 20th century: 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.
Billy Ray wrote the film’s screenplay.
Considering the success of David Fincher’s Mindhunters and Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective series it does make sense that The Devil In The White City becomes a long-form television/streaming series. It remains to be seen if we’ll see Leonardo take a lead role as previously expected with the feature film version. Scorsese has dabbled with television previously with shows such as Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl for HBO.
Martin recently worked with Netflix on the Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino gangster film The Irishman, that will employ digital de-aging technology to make the actors appear younger, a release date has yet to be made official.
Leonardo’s next project is the 1969-set Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood co-starring with Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie that is coming out this summer from Sony Pictures.
The pair is expected to begin shooting their FBI thriller The Killers of The Flower Moon this spring/summer in Oklahoma.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER