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  • 'The Devil in the White City' on the big screen

    A great book could finally make a really great film...

    Paramount revisits 'White City'

    Studio reacquires film rights to book


    By Pamela McClintock, Dave McNary
    Variety
    February 6, 2007

    Paramount Pictures has once again boarded the bigscreen adaptation of Erik Larson's bestselling tome "The Devil in the White City," a project previously coveted by producing partners Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner.

    Par reacquired the film rights to the book last month after being approached by producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, whose shingle Double Feature Films has a new first-look deal with the studio.

    Larson's nonfiction book, set against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, tells the intertwining stories of fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and serial killer H.H. Holmes, who used a hotel he built near the fairgrounds to lure his victims.

    Cruise/Wagner Prods. scooped up rights to "White City" in 2003 through the shingle's deal with Par, but the option lapsed in 2004.

    Cruise and Wagner departed the Paramount lot last year after the studio wouldn't meet its terms to stay.

    When the project was set up at Cruise/Wagner, Kathryn Bigelow ("K-19") was attached to direct and produce. Insiders say it stalled over creative differences between Bigelow and Cruise/Wagner.

    Shamberg and Sher's upcoming slate includes "Reno 911!: Miami." Past credits include "World Trade Center."
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: 'The Devil in the White City' on the big screen

    Great book. I'm not sure I can envision a film based on it, though.

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      Re: 'The Devil in the White City' on the big screen

      Originally posted by Not Afraid View Post
      Great book. I'm not sure I can envision a film based on it, though.
      Start by picturing a huge budget, just like with 'The Alienist' a few years back....still waiting...
      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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        Re: 'The Devil in the White City' on the big screen

        Oh, it could be a beautiful film. I hope they concentrate more on Chicago and the world's fair and the industrial revolution and less on the stupid crime part. That book fascinated me, total pageturner. The murder part was eh.

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