- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, Erik Larson's best-selling nonfiction book, was first published in 2003
- The film project has been in development hell for more than a decade. Early on, Tom Cruise was set to star with Kathryn Bigelow at the helm.
- Leonardo DiCaprio acquired the rights in November 2010
- [Banned source] reports that Paramount Pictures has picked up the rights for distribution. There was a bidding war among 5 studios, and 3 were aggressive (Universal and Fox were the other two).
- Martin Scorsese will direct, DiCaprio will star as Dr. H. H. Holmes (one of America's first and most prolific serial killers who ultimately confessed to 27 murders and may have killed as many as 200), and Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games) will pen the screenplay
- Devil will be the sixth Scorsese-DiCaprio collaboration
"Their fates were linked by the magical Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, nicknamed the 'White City' for its majestic beauty. Architect Daniel Burnham built it; serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes used it to lure victims to his World’s Fair Hotel, designed for murder. Both men left behind them a powerful legacy, one of brilliance and energy, the other of sorrow and darkness. Here, then, is your ticket to the greatest fair in history—a place where incredible dreams came to life alongside darkest nightmares."
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