Will the “Devil in the White City” return to Chicago?


Leonardo De Caprio to portray serial killer Dr. H.H. Holmes

The Devil in the White City” is finally on track for production, with Martin Scorsese directing the project starring Leonardo DeCaprio, with Paramount Pictures producing. This will be the sixth big screen adaptation between Scorsese and DeCaprio.

“Right now,” said Scorcese, “there’s a script being worked on … One of the things that had to be stopped for the past six months… was my meetings on that script (while he was shooting “Silence,” which just wrapped). They want me to start again January and see if we can find a way, because it’s an extraordinary story.”

DeCaprio stars as Dr. H. H. Holmes, the charismatic serial killer who lured nearly 200 victims to their deaths in his South Side “Murder Castle” during Chicago’s 1893 Columbian World’s Fair.

DeCaprio in 2010 bought the film rights to Eric Larson’s 2003 best-selling true crime story. In August, 2010 ReelChicago first announced that “Devil” would be filmed in Chicago in 2012, after the script and casting were completed and everything was in place.

But things don’t always go according to schedule. The project went off the radar and remained dormant until Scorsese and DeCaprio last week jointly announced “Devil” was back in action with the wrap of “Silence.”

Hopefully, the original plans remain in place to shoot what’s sure to be a blockbuster in Chicago.