hulus Devil in the white city keeps falling apart.
Days after lead actor Keanu Reeves left Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s limited series, director Todd Field has also said goodbye to the project.
Sources say Disney-owned Hulu is now looking for a new star and a new helmer for Devil in the white city, which has been in various stages of development for more than ten years.
Hulu representatives declined to comment.
Field recently won the season’s attention for writing and directing tar, with Cate Blanchett.
The show has been in the works for more than a decade, including a period when it was envisioned as a feature film, starring Sam Shaw (Hulu’s Castle Rock) on board as a writer, showrunner and executive producer. DiCaprio and his Appian Way partner, Jennifer Davisson, co-produce with Scorsese. The latter was previously set to direct the feature film set up at Paramount Pictures with DiCaprio previously set to star. Reeves – after months of dealmaking – was attached to star and exec to produce the series which landed at Hulu for development in 2019. Field was on board to direct the crime drama, which is now a co-production between Paramount Television Studios and Disney’s ABC Signature. Paramount Pictures won the rights to the novel after a massive bidding war in 2015, when Billy Ray was on board to write the scripts.
Based on Erik Larson’s novel, Devil centers on Daniel H. Burnham (the role previously played by Reeves), a discerning but visionary architect rushing to make his mark on history with the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and Dr. HH Holmes, America’s first modern serial killer and the man behind the infamous ‘Murder Castle’, built in the shadow of the fairground. (DiCaprio is not expected to have an on-screen role as of the time of going to press.)
Rick Yorn, Stacey Sher and Mark Lafferty also produce the series. A formal number of episodes has not yet been determined. Scorsese and DiCaprio have worked together for roles before Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street. The frequent contributors had previously developed TV recordings Gangs of New York and shutter island, though neither made it past the scripting stage. DiCaprio currently has a movie and TV deal with Apple. DiCaprio exec produces the Apple series Shining Girls and has the function of $200 million Killers of the Flower Moon debut on the streamer next year.
THRsiblings site, Varietywas the first to report Reeves’ departure.