Keanu Reeves has headed into the new year taking up talks to star in the Hulu series ‘The Devil in the White City’, an adaptation of Erik Larson’s famed 2003 novel.
Set in 1893, the series tells the intertwining stories of the Chicago World’s Fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and serial killer Henry H. Holmes, a charming sociopath who used a hotel he built near the fairgrounds to lure victims.
Complete with gas chamber and crematorium, Holmes would murder his victims and strip their skeletons to sell for medical and scientific study. Holmes killed at least twenty-seven people, mostly young women, though some say the number was closer to nearly two hundred.
Leonardo DiCaprio had bought the film rights to the book in 2010 and had planned to make a feature of the story with Martin Scorsese to direct. Hulu has now come on board to develop the project.
DiCaprio and Scorsese will serve as executive producers alongside Rick Yorn, Sam Shaw, Jennifer Davisson and Stacey Sher. Todd Field is set to direct the first two episodes of the limited series. Paramount TV Studios is producing alongside ABC Signature and Appian Way.
The limited series will be Reeves first major US TV role.