After countless attempts to bring Erik Larson’s hit book The Devil in the White City to the big screen, Keanu Reeves is finally making it happen! He landed his first major TV role in Hulu’s limited series based on the best-selling novel.
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America was originally published in 2006 and it intertwines the true stories of a visionary architect of the 1893 World’s Fair, Daniel Burnham, and a serial killer H. H. Holmes, who lured his victims to their deaths in notorious “Murder Castle”, built in the Fair’s shadow.
Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the film rights for Larson’s book in 2010, in the hope that he’ll star in the movie adaptation directed by Martin Scorsese. This project never saw the light of day, and DiCaprio and Scorsese later agreed to board Hulu adaptation as executive producers.
Reeves is also set to executive produce the project, and The Devil in the White City marks his first major TV role in the U.S. It will feature a total of eight episodes, with Todd Field serving as a director. The limited series is set for a 2024 launch and it most likely won’t start filming until next year.