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Everything We Know So Far About “The Devil in the White City” TV Series

There is something about serial killer stories that everyone loves. People tend to be fascinated by them and are eager to know more about the persons who did horrible things to others. That’s why this fresh upcoming tv show on Hulu will be the one you would like to watch.

The Devil in the White City is about the first American serial killer H.H. Holmes. It will definitely be dark and fascinating at the same time, that’s why everyone who loves to watch serial killer related tv-shows will appreciate the upcoming series.

To get you more excited here is everything we know so far about “The Devil in the White City”.

A true story about the serial killer

H.H. Holmes lived in Chicago and he was a con artist who ran a hotel near the 1983 World’s Fair. He designed his hotel like a death trap where it would be easier to kill his victims. The true story is so disturbing because he was able to operate for so long. When Holmes was caught he confessed to the murder of 27 people, but it is said that he might have killed almost 200 people.

TV series is based on a best-seller

The story is about true events, but the tv series will be based on Erik Larson’s novel “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America”. Published in 2003, the book became one of the best modern true crime stories.

The book centers not only on Holmes and the murders but also on World’s Fair that was happening at the same time when the killings occurred. The is plenty of great material to fill the tv series.

It almost became a movie

The story about Holmes is such an amazing material for tv that it isn’t a surprise that there were talks about making a movie. There were various attempts of turning the novel into a movie, but always something went wrong and it didn’t make it to the big screens.

Now it seems that making a tv series out of such an amazingly dark story is the right choice. But we have to wait and see if television is the best way how to tell this complex story.

It is Leo’s passion project

The one name that has been associated with the upcoming tv project is Leonardo DiCaprio. For some time now Leo is trying to carry out the project and he really wants to see it happen. Leonardo will definitely be great for Holmes’s role, he could pull it off with his ability to play charming characters.

Scorsese Will Direct

DiCaprio and Scorsese have worked on a lot of projects together in the past and for some time it seemed that “The Devil in the White City” will be their next project. Unfortunately, the tv series was pushed aside for another Scorsese project. It is a really great loss because we won’t be able to see how such an amazing director would have envisioned the dark story about Holmes.

Writers that were attached to the project

When there were talks about making “The Devil in the White City” movie several writers were attached to the project – Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) and Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips).

Not one of the scripts panned out and we know why. The story is so complex that it is definitely very hard work for any writer who wants to adapt the story. We don’t know if any of the previous drafts will be used for the Hulu series.

Some of the big names were interested in the project

Tom Cruise was interested in the project as an actor and producer along with Paula Wagner. But it didn’t work out because Cruise has never played such an unlikeable character as Holmes.

Kathryn Bigelow was considering her role as director for the upcoming show. It would have been interesting to see how Bigelow envisioned the story.

The book is made out of two storylines

Erik Larson’s novel wasn’t entirely dedicated to Holmes and his murders, the story also follows a man named Daniel Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World’s Fair. The novel tells the story of two different men who are connected. A story about the serial killer might be more interesting, but Burnham’s struggles to see his vision through are surprisingly compelling. It seems that any movie adaptation would cut Burnham’s story off in order to put Holmes in the center of tv series. But we hope that there will be a significant time for Burnham to that story as well.

DiCaprio And Scorsese are still attached to the project

Despite the fact that their film project fell through, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are still attached to the project as executive producers.

There is still a lot of information that we don’t know about this great project. It seems that we just have to wait and see how the tv series will work out.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I wish, I wish, oh, I wish, they would get on with it. The book was fascinating! I can’t wait to see the TV series. It has been said that Holmes could have easily been Jack the Ripper because he was out of the country at the same times the Ripper murders were committed in Whitechapel. A TV series would be the only way this could be done right, because there is so much in the book dedicated to the construction of the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition and the main architect involved, Daniel Burnham. His story is so interesting, it would be a shame to cut his part short. I can just imagine how they would do the White City with the use of computers nowadays. It will be a sight to behold. I have been waiting years for this to come about. I guess I could read the book again, as it’s been a while, 2014-2015.

    • Thank you for your feedback about the upcoming tv series. I think that a lot of people are holding their breath about this one. The Devil in the White City definitely will be a fresh and exciting tv show to watch.

  2. I’ve been waiting for a movie or mini-series for a long time for Devil in the White City. How likely is it to happen now? Is it a done deal and they are just working out details before starting shooting? Will we get to see it in 2022 (I hope)?
    Tom Cruise would not work for H. H. Holmes, but would be great in the part of D. H. Burnham.

    • It seems that they are still thinking about all the details regarding tv series. There is no certain time when and how the “Devil in the White City” will be done. Hope that sometime in 2022 we will receive new information about the series, but for now, we can hope that the idea altogether won’t be canceled.

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