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Re-developing the Devil

Devil in the White City back on the production slateNow that the dust surrounding Tom Cruise’s insanity is beginning to settle, Paramount is finding a lot or projects that had to be abandoned by him and his producing partner Paula Wagner when they split from the studio.

According to Variety, one such project is the Erik Larson novel The Devil in the White City, the true story of America’s first serial killer, H. H. Holmes, which Paramount has now scooped up the rights for. Looking to mount a big budget production of the book, Double Feature Films will now produce the film for the major.

Back when it was a Cruise/Wagner production, Near Dark writer/director Kathryn Bigelow was on board to direct Devil but had to leave, citing “creative differences” with the producing team (which probably means she couldn’t deal with Cruise being batshit insane). Now that a new team is in place, we can hope that she makes a return to the tale.

The Devil in the White City takes place during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, where Holmes used his hotel near the grounds to murder dozens of victims using all manner of nasty methods. If you want to know more, be sure you click here to get the book through Evilshop, and keep it here for the latest on the film version as it develops!

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