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DiCaprio/Scorsese to team-up once again in The Devil in the White City

08.10.2015

When something works, it works, and the partnership between Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese is definitely one which works. The pair have brought us GANGS OF NEW YORK, THE AVIATOR, THE DEPARTED, SHUTTER ISLAND, and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and now Deadline reports that a sixth collaboration is in the works as well.

After a period of aggressive bidding, Paramount has snagged the rights to the Erik Larson novel "The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America." Billy Ray (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) will write the script and it's expected that Leonardo DiCaprio will star and that Martin Scorsese will direct the film. Leonardo would play Dr. H.H. Holmes, one of America's first notable serial killers. He's estimated to have murdered somewhere between 27-200 people after luring many of them to his World's Fair Hotel which was filled with a variety of diabolical traps including a gas chamber, crematorium, dissecting table, and an assortment of torture equipment.

DiCaprio has wanted to tackle this project for a long time, but it was the latest draft from Billy Ray that got those involved excited enough to get the ball rolling. Per the Amazon book synopsis, "The Devil in the White City" will "intertwine the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death." The film will feature two main characters, one will be the producer/architect of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and the other will be the man who works for him, Dr. H.H. Holmes. Leonardo DiCaprio has certainly played unpleasant characters in the past but Dr. H.H. Holmes could have the potential to top them all.

Source: Deadline

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9:05AM on 08/11/2015
Just for the record Shutter Island should not be included in the "when it works" column.
Just for the record Shutter Island should not be included in the "when it works" column.
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6:32AM on 08/11/2015
The Devil in the White City sounds like an alternate title for The Wolf of Wall Street.
The Devil in the White City sounds like an alternate title for The Wolf of Wall Street.
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1:39AM on 08/11/2015
Great book, this will make a fantastic film. Dr. Holmes was basically America's version of Jack the Ripper only worse. He killed many more, conned everyone, and would even sale full skeletons to hospitals that were from his victims. I think Tom Hanks or Russell Crowe would be good as the architect of the fair.
Great book, this will make a fantastic film. Dr. Holmes was basically America's version of Jack the Ripper only worse. He killed many more, conned everyone, and would even sale full skeletons to hospitals that were from his victims. I think Tom Hanks or Russell Crowe would be good as the architect of the fair.
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12:42AM on 08/11/2015
I need to take another stab at this book. First go around I had trouble with every other chapter being dedicated to either the Fair, or to Dr. Holmes. And the politics of the World's Fair was so fascinating I actually found Holmes' chapters comparatively dull. It's not like I didn't have a billion other things on my mind at the time though, so maybe now's the time to revisit it.
I need to take another stab at this book. First go around I had trouble with every other chapter being dedicated to either the Fair, or to Dr. Holmes. And the politics of the World's Fair was so fascinating I actually found Holmes' chapters comparatively dull. It's not like I didn't have a billion other things on my mind at the time though, so maybe now's the time to revisit it.
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12:20AM on 08/11/2015
great.i used to think how it would have been if Leo had done American Psycho
great.i used to think how it would have been if Leo had done American Psycho
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1:16AM on 08/11/2015
Totally different type of killer. Think more turn of the century meets Hannibal Lector. Holmes was a manipulative, fraudster who built a literal "murder hotel". This movie is going to be great.
Totally different type of killer. Think more turn of the century meets Hannibal Lector. Holmes was a manipulative, fraudster who built a literal "murder hotel". This movie is going to be great.
11:48PM on 08/10/2015
DiCaprio playing a serial killer in a Scorsese film? What a novel idea. Can't wait.
DiCaprio playing a serial killer in a Scorsese film? What a novel idea. Can't wait.
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10:40PM on 08/10/2015

What the hell?

When the hell is he going to do the Pacino/DeNiro/Pesci movie anyways? Where did this damn thing come from? These are 4 very old people, who are, technically, in the vicinity of dropping dead at any minute now, do the god damn 'Irishman' before looking for other stuff to do with DiCaprio, they've done enough movies together, he's never worked with Pacino yet, for crying out loud.
When the hell is he going to do the Pacino/DeNiro/Pesci movie anyways? Where did this damn thing come from? These are 4 very old people, who are, technically, in the vicinity of dropping dead at any minute now, do the god damn 'Irishman' before looking for other stuff to do with DiCaprio, they've done enough movies together, he's never worked with Pacino yet, for crying out loud.
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9:41PM on 08/10/2015
Fucking A
Fucking A
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9:37PM on 08/10/2015
AHHHH SHIAT! I love this book. Its going to make a great movie!
AHHHH SHIAT! I love this book. Its going to make a great movie!
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8:55PM on 08/10/2015
DiCaprio: You know Martin, if we keep teaming up I'm bound to win an Oscar at some point.
Scorsese: If I put you in this movie will you please stop calling me at all hours of the night asking whether or not I have a possible Oscar-worthy role for you?
DiCaprio: Maybe Martin...Maybe...
DiCaprio: You know Martin, if we keep teaming up I'm bound to win an Oscar at some point.
Scorsese: If I put you in this movie will you please stop calling me at all hours of the night asking whether or not I have a possible Oscar-worthy role for you?
DiCaprio: Maybe Martin...Maybe...
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8:53PM on 08/10/2015

I love this duo but...

Dammit Marty! Can you get The Irishman on the fast track before one of you dies. Times a wastin' and none of you are spring chickens.
Dammit Marty! Can you get The Irishman on the fast track before one of you dies. Times a wastin' and none of you are spring chickens.
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8:52PM on 08/10/2015
This is good news for movie fans everywhere.
This is good news for movie fans everywhere.
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