Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio to Reteam for Serial Killer Film, ‘The Devil in the White City’


Director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio have collaborated on five features in the past 13 years: Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and The Wolf of Wall Street. And now they’re going to make that an even six-pack, with the AP reporting they’ll reteam for a film adaptation of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City.

The 2003 non-fiction novel by Larson (who’s currently back on the bestseller list with Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania) concerns Dr. H.H. Holmes, a serial killer preying on attendees at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Paramount Pictures has hired Billy Ray to pen the screenplay adaptation, which is good news indeed; his previous “based on a true story” adaptations include Captain Phillips, Shattered Glass, and Breach.

DiCaprio’s partnership with the legendary director has certainly proven durable, though he’s still a few pictures behind Robert De Niro, who’s acted for Scorsese eight times. But neither has racked up as many films as Scorsese’s most frequent actor, with nine appearances: his late, great mother, Catherine Scorsese.