Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio are Hollywood's ultimate dream team responsible for some of Hollywood's most riveting movies of the 21st century including Gangs of New York, The Aviator and the Wolf of Wall Street to name but some. And it now appears that the dynamic duo are taking their talents to the small screen.
Variety has learned that an adaptation of the Erik Larson book, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America is in development by Mardy and Leo's production teams.
This appears to be a signature Scorcese adaptation in the making, with the book chronicling the seedy underbelly of 1890s Chicago 'interweaving the true tales of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World's Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, a pharmacist and serial killer who lured his victims to their deaths in his elaborately constructed "Murder Castle"'.
With the recent success of one-off television dramas such as True Detective and The Night Manager, it appears Mardy wants in on the tv craze and is going to great lengths to make sure he has a cultural footprint in the Golden Era of television.
The upcoming project is likely to be split into four parts. The first three parts will be released over three years.
DiCaprio's involvement has been clear for some time. He optioned the book rights in 2010 and intended to make it into a film with himself starring as Holmes. However, after being stuck in development hell, Hulu has now greenlit the project.
But DiCaprio will not be stretching his acting muscles on the small screen anytime soon, and neither will Scorcese take the director's chair. Their involvement will be as executive producers alongside Stacey Sher, Rick Yorn, Emma Koskoff, and Jennifer Davisson.
A streaming platform looking to break into the lucrative world of online media that has so far been dominated by Netflix, Hulu has been quietly making headway with a series of exciting projects already commissioned, including an 8-part series adaptation of the John Green blockbuster novel, Looking For Alaska.