Hulu has officially announced a series based on Erik Larson's novel of the same, Devil in White City, which will feature Keanu Reeves in a strange twist of events. The film will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson, while legendary film director Martin Scorsese will also direct the film.
Since 2010, DiCaprio has held the rights to Devil in White City, and the project has had several revisions over the previous decade. Scorsese was initially hired as director for a feature film adaptation of the novel that DiCaprio was scheduled to star in at Paramount Pictures.
Reeves' role in the series will see him reprise his largest television role to date as he portrays Daniel H. Burnham, an architect who aspired to make a name for himself at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The plot also follows Dr. H.H. Holmes, a prolific real-life serial murderer whose hotel known as the Murder Castle saw many people die in a tragic end.
Larson's novel has been a regular top seller in historical non-fiction and is told in four parts, taking place between 1890 and 1893 in Chicago and 1895 in Philadelphia. At the time of the announcement, no episode count had been released, nor had the part of H.H. Holmes been cast. It is also unknown if DiCaprio will continue to play in the series or stay hidden from the cameras.
DiCaprio is currently on a film and television deal with Apple, where he is executive producer for the streaming series The Shining Girls and starred in Scorsese's directed feature Killers of the Flower Moon, based on the book by David Grann. The adaptation for Devil in White City was announced in 2019 by Hulu, but details have been scarce since, with many speculating whether the series is dead.
Reeves was announced to be in discussions to star in the first two episodes of ABC Signature in January 2022, and the series' director Todd Field has now been confirmed to be on board for the whole series. The production will be coordinated by Paramount Television Studios and Disney's ABC Signature, especially since Reeves does not take television roles.