I am a huge fan of Leonardo DiCaprio’s work, however, the turning point when I became a true fan was when I saw him alongside Mark Walberg and Matt Damon in 'The Departed'. That is when I was truly in awe of the artist he was and is. Believe it or not, that was the first Martin Scorsese movie I had ever seen. Thereafter I was only exposed to his work because of Leonardo Di Caprio.
Leonardo DiCaprio, on working with Martin Scorsese 'It’s hard for me to quite articulate or put into words everything that I’ve learned from him. These key moments, they’re hard to even reflect on because you sort of have to take a breather and look back and realize how much you’ve actually learned. I’ve grown tremendously as an actor just to be in those moments with him, where he’s giving me the right guidance'
I don’t know what it is, but when these two extraordinarily talented individuals come together to create a piece of cinema, you know you are in for a mind-boggling treat. These two have brought us cinematic revelations such as 'Gangs of New York', 'The Aviator', 'The Departed', 'Shutter Island', and more recently, 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. This will be their sixth collaboration together and is based on Erik Larson’s book 'The Devil in the White City': Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.
The Wolf of Wall Street' Grossing $392 million worldwide, this is Martin Scorsese's highest-grossing film of his career
Leonardo DiCaprio will play H.H Holmes, who became America’s first serial killer in 1893’s world fair. It is believed that H.H Holmes killed between 27 to 200 people, mostly young single women. He would pose as a doctor and hire young women to be his stenographer to write down his various thoughts before he would dispose of them. This all happened in Chicago’s World Trade Fair, whose chief architect was Daniel H Burman. At this fair, Holmes constructed The World’s Fair Hotel, which later became known as the Murder Castle. This is where Holmes would lure young women single women.
The book is set in Chicago in 1893, intertwining the true tales of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World's Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, the serial killer who lured his victims to their deaths in his elaborately constructed 'Murder Castle'
This film was in development for a decade with various film houses bidding for the rights to the book. In 2010 Leonardo Di Caprio bought the rights, with Paramount recently winning the final bid. This works out perfectly, as Paramount, Scorsese and Di Caprio brought us 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. It will be interesting to see how Scorsese and his team will re-write the script for screen adaptation. What would be more interesting is to see how the World Trade Fair will be recreated and how the CG will be used to bring that world to life.
I am even more intrigued to see Leonardo Di Caprio play the part of an out and out bad guy. The film was to be directed by Katherine Bigelow, with Tom Cruise taking the role of Holmes. However, I am relieved to say that this is no longer the case as I feel that no one but Di Caprio can give justice to this role. He has the capability of molding into his character to the point where you believe he is the character.
Erik Larson is an American journalist and author of nonfiction books. He has written a number of bestsellers such as The Devil in the White City. The book won the 2004 Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category, among other awards
With Martin Scorsese at the helm of the movie, we are bound to get cinematic perfection. He able to bring the story to life in a way that you don’t feel that you are watching a film, you feel that you part of the story. I don’t know about you, but after you have watched a Scorsese film, you are always left wanting more.