The upcoming television adaptation of Devil in White City will feature Keanu Reeves as one of the main cast members.
Variety reports that Hulu has been given the order for the production. Executive producers for the project will be Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.
This will be Reeves’ debut on the tiny screen. He is best known for his work in the movies Cyberpunk 2077, John Wick, and the Matrix series. The majority of his television roles came from movies he created when he first started college.
Erik Larson published a nonfiction book in 1993 titled The Devil in the White City: Witchcraft, A Witch Hunt, and Death in the Fair That Changed America. The story of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair details the horrifying real-life events surrounding the notorious killer Dr. H. H. Holmes and the well-known architect Daniel Burnham, as well as how their lives are intertwined.
The adaptation has been in development for a while; even though Paramount Pictures bought the rights in 2007, a movie was originally planned for them that year. Even though Paramount is now a TV show, they are still working on it.
In 2009, DiCaprio started working on the idea. The adaptation was still a movie in 2015. In 2019, the adaptation relocated to Hawaii after only a few years.
In light of his intention to portray a “Caped Crusader” in League of Super-Pets, Reeves has expressed his interest in supporting the live-action Batman movie. Additionally, he has expressed interest in working in the Marvel movie business.
Keanu Circling THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY
A Hulu adaptation of the renowned Erik Larson book The Devil In The White City from 2003 is currently in development. There are rumors that one of the two principal parts in the production is being courted by Keanu Reeves. On which one, there is currently no information. The deadline provided this.
Which one is crucial in this case? Why? So read on if you’re unfamiliar with the tale of The Devil in the White City and the horrifying folklore surrounding H. H. Holmes.
The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair provides the backdrop for The Devil In The White City. Henry H. Holmes, a serial killer, and Daniel H. Burnham, an architect, have overlapping narratives. Sociopath Holmes built a motel close to the World’s Fair to entice victims.
The hotel had a cremation and a gas chamber, according to the gory history. Holmes would kill his victims and then sell their skeletons for scientific research. Although some estimates put the number as high as 200, according to history, Holmes killed at least 27 people. This is currently somewhat contested.
In addition to being a con artist and a trigamist, Holmes Holmes, who was born Herman Webster Mudgett on May 16, 1861, was the target of more than 50 lawsuits in Chicago alone.
Victims were allegedly murdered at a Chicago mixed-use building he controlled from December 1891 to November 1894, during which time he is thought to have been a serial killer. The distance from this to the World’s Fair was around three miles. To entice guests to remain there while visiting the attraction, he gave it the name “World’s Fair Hotel.”
It earned the moniker “The Murder Castle” as the murders made headlines.
He confessed to 27 killings while he was awaiting death, but he was only ever found guilty of Benjamin Pitezel’s murder, his business partner and collaborator. At the time of his confession, several of the 27 people he admitted to killing were still alive.
Nine days before his 35th birthday, on May 7, 1896, Holmes was put to death.
A more recent analysis of the case has given rise to suspicions that it was greatly inflated for the period’s sensationalist tabloid press. The historical record has been supplanted by hyperbole as a result of the inept police inquiry, poor record-keeping, and these tabloid headlines.
It’s funny to think that Meghan Markle might be Holmes’ distant relative.
Since the novel’s publication twenty years ago, there have been plans for a film version. Both David Fincher and the Scorsese and Di Caprio duo for Paramount Pictures gave it a shot.
In 2019, the Hulu adaptation was first revealed. Executive producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are still involved. The first two episodes will be directed by Todd Field. The bulk of the work will be done by Paramount TV Studios, with funding contributions from ABC Signature and Appian Way.