Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way just snagged the rights to The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. The true-crime book chronicles the killing spree of Dr. HH Holmes, one of the most prolific serial killers of the 19th century. And yes, DiCaprio will play the "good" doctor. More after the jump.
Holmes is one of the most horrifyingly fascinating serial killers in history. He built a hotel of horrors in Chicago at the end of the 18th century to capitalize on the World's Fair. The "murder castle," as it came to be known, was a labyrinth of random, windowless rooms, stairs to nowhere, gas chambers, and hallways built at weird angles. When Holmes was done torturing his victims, alll roads led to the basement, where bodies were dissected and sold in bits to medical schools.
Fun fact: Tom Cruise originally optioned the book not long after it came out in 2003, intent on playing Holmes. DiCaprio planned a rival Holmes project, but when the rights went into turnaround, DiCaprio snapped them up. I'd like to believe DiCaprio will have better follow-through.