Over a year ago, we reported that Leonardo DiCaprio would be producing and starring in an adaptation of the 2003 non-fiction book by Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. With DiCaprio slated to portray serial killer Dr. HH Holmes, Warner Bros has tapped Graham Moore to write up the script. Moore wrote the spec script The Imitation Game, which was not only the top of the 2011 Black List of unproduced screenplays, but also netted a 7-figure deal when it was acquired by Warner Bros.
Devil in the White City tells the story of Holmes, a Victorian-era doctor who lured anywhere from 27 to 200 people to their deaths during the World’s Fair of 1893 in Chicago. Having built the World’s Fair Hotel, which became known as the “murder castle,” Holmes included a gas chamber, crematorium and a dissecting table among the amenities available to his guests. The good doctor then murdered his victims and dismantled their bodies to sell for scientific study. Hit the jump for lots more.