Hulu is adapting The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, the historical nonfiction book written by Erik Larson, into a television series, according to Variety. The series will be produced by Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, though it is unclear if the actor will also star in the series.
Devil in the White City chronicles the lives of Daniel H. Burnham, the powerful and influential architect who directed the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, a physician and serial killer who murdered his victims—mostly young women—in a building he owned on the fairgrounds, known as the “Murder Castle.” The enigmatic building was reportedly fitted with mazes of hallways, trap doors, and staircases leading to nowhere in order to confuse and frighten visitors before their deaths. Holmes confessed to nearly 30 murders and was rumored to have killed as many as 200 people.
The book was intended to be converted into a film nearly a decade ago, where DiCaprio would star as the handsome yet murderous Holmes. By 2015, Scorsese was to direct with DiCaprio, and Paramount Television was to produce the series. Few details about the Hulu production have been revealed, and it is unclear as to where and when the filming will take place.