Chicago film critic Sergio Mims tossed this bit of news to me late yesterday: The website Deadline New York is reporting Leonardo DiCaprio and his team have acquired the film rights to Erik Larson's 2003 best-seller, Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America. DiCaprio will play serial killer H.H. Holmes, the true-life maniac who used the fair to lure victims to his veritable chamber of horrors on West 63rd Street.
Plans to turn Larson's book into a movie have bounced around for years now, with Tom Cruise looking to give a go of it at one point. This blog in April asked "Where in the Devil is the White City Movie?" Several of you thought DiCaprio would make a good Holmes, while others said Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp would be good choices. (I think Alfred Molina or John Goodman would make a great Daniel Burnham...)
There's no studio deal yet, so it's all just talk at this point.