Rumours of a long-gestating adaption of Erik Larson’s best-selling novel Devil in the White City have been swirling for years, but now there won’t be a need for any more speculation. Hulu has revealed that it’ll bringing it to the small screen, with Keanu Reeves at the heart of the story.
The series sees Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio as executive producers with Rick Yorn, Jennifer Davisson, Stacey Sher, Todd Field, Mark Lafferty, Sam Shaw, and Keanu Reeves. Castle Rock‘s Sam Shaw will serve as showrunner and writer.
Other information, such as the number of episodes, release date, and plot details, have yet to be announced, but the project has been in the works for a while now. DiCaprio purchased the rights to Devil in the White City over a decade ago, with the intention to turn it into a feature-length movie under Paramount. Hulu then took over when it began to evolve into a limited series between 2015 and 2019, leading to the news of Reeves’ involvement back in January this year.
Larson’s historical novel tells the story of a demanding visionary architect, Daniel H. Burnham, who sets out to make history at the Chicago World’s Fair, while Dr. H. H. Holmes, America’s first modern serial killer and the man behind the notorious “Murder Castle,” lurks in the shadows of the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 Chicago.
It’s unclear which role Reeves will be playing, though he would be perfectly suited for either, considering his past stints as an architect in romantic drama The Lake House, a kickass-hacker-slash-superhero in The Matrix series (most recently, in Resurrections), and of course, as the titular assassin in the John Wick movies. A fourth entry is set to hit theatres on 23 May 2023, with a first-look image for John Wick: Chapter 4 offering a glimpse of a contemplative Wick, marking the calm before the storm that is all of his skull-bashing action scenes, as shown in a CinemaCon trailer.