in the garden of beasts movie

Joe Wright is heading back to World War II for his next project. The director of the Oscar-winning Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour is in talks to helm In the Garden of Beasts, based on the book of the same name by Devil in the White City author Erik Larson. The story follows a mild-mannered Chicago professor who becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany on the cusp of World War II.

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Devil in the White City movie

There was a lot of talk about whether or not Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio intended audience sympathies to lie with the lead character in their last collaboration, The Wolf of Wall Street. For their next film together, there won’t be any such uncertainty about how they view DiCaprio’s character.

The book Devil in the White City, which among other things follows a faux doctor and real serial killer who haunted Chicago during the days of the 1893 World’s Fair, has been in development with various major film studios for over a decade.

Now Devil in the White City is back at Paramount, and Leonardo DiCaprio has brought Martin Scorsese onto the project. DiCaprio will play the killer, and Scorsese will direct. Read More »