Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will team up to tell the story of America’s first serial killer, Dr. Henry Howard Holmes. This will be their sixth collaboration as they adapt Erik Larson’s bestselling book The Devil in the White City for the big screen. Screen Rant online reported that screenwriting for the project will resume next month.
DiCaprio will take on the role of Holmes, who was described by John Barlow Martin in his essay The Master of the Murder Castle as “Young, good-looking, glib, he mesmerized businessmen and captivated and seduced pretty young women, at least two of whom he married bigamously.”
Scorsese told the Toronto Sun, “Right now, there is a script being worked on… One of the things that I had to stop for the past six months… was my meetings on that script. They want me to start again in January and see if we can find a way because it’s an extraordinary story.”
Who Was Dr. H. H. Holmes?
In 1893, Holmes built a hotel in Chicago which was nothing less than a giant, elaborate torture chamber, a death trap in which rooms contained a uniquely cruel and unusual way to die.
He eventually confessed to 27 murders, although only nine were confirmed, yet the actual body count could have been up to 200. In life and in death, his victim’s bodies were his playthings.
Famously he was quoted as saying: “I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing – I was born with the ‘Evil One’ standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me since.”
Now is the time to bring the disturbing history of H.H. Holmes and the hotel known as the ‘Murder Castle’ to the big screen for the first time.
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