Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese to re-team for TV series

Joann Johnston
February 14, 2019

The development was announced on stage by Craig Erwich, Hulu's SVP of originals, at TCA, where the network is promoting series including George Clooney's Catch-22 and comedy Shrill. Since 2003, the project has been in the hands of multiple studios, including twice with Paramount. They are also making a Theodore Roosevelt biopic titled Roosevelt (with DiCaprio attached to star in the title role) and an adaptation of David Grann's bestselling book Killers of the Flower Moon.

DiCaprio bought the film rights to the book in 2010 and was previously set up with Scorsese to direct. The show will simply be titled The Devil In The White City, and it " l be executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, along with Stacey Sher, Rick Yorn, Emma Koskoff, and Jennifer Davisson.

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The series will stream on Hulu in partnership with Paramount Television, that is developing it for small screen adaptation.

The Devil in the White City has a long development past, with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner originally putting it in development in Hollywood before DiCaprio acquired the rights to it.

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