The Devil in the White City
Plot: Based on the book, the story us set against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago
World's Fair, tells the intertwining stories of fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and serial killer
H.H. Holmes, who used a hotel he built near the fairgrounds to lure his victims.
We last saw H.H. Holmes fighting the Winchester brothers in the second season of the hit
TV show SUPERNATURAL. Now he's bound to make another return, this time from the folks
over at Paramount Pictures. According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has once again
boarded the bigscreen adaptation of Erik Larson's bestselling tome "The Devil in the White
City," a project previously coveted by producing partners Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner,
according to Variety. Par reacquired the film rights to the book last month after being
approached by producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, whose shingle Double
Feature Films has a new first-look deal with the studio.
Larson's nonfiction book, set against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, tells
the intertwining stories of fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and serial killer H.H. Holmes,
who used a hotel he built near the fairgrounds to lure his victims. Cruise/Wagner Prods.
scooped up rights to "White City" in 2003 through the shingle's deal with Par, but the
option lapsed in 2004. Cruise and Wagner departed the Paramount lot last year after the
studio wouldn't meet its terms to stay. When the project was set up at Cruise/Wagner,
Kathryn Bigelow ("K-19") was attached to direct and produce. Insiders say it stalled over
creative differences between Bigelow and Cruise/Wagner. Shamberg and Sher's upcoming
slate includes "Reno 911!: Miami." Past credits include "World Trade Center."
Online since: February 20th, 2006