‘Devil in the White City’ series on Hulu loses director Todd Field

In one more stroke Hulus serial processing of “The Devil in the White CityTodd Field has left the project where he was supposed to act as director and executive producer, Variety have only learned.

According to a person familiar with the situation, a search is now underway for a new director. The news of Field’s departure from the show comes just days after Variety also exclusively reported that series star Keanu Reeves had also bowed out.

Field most recently wrote and directed the Cate Blanchett-led drama “Tár,” which debuted at the 2022 Venice International Film Festival. The film received rave reviews upon its debut and is being touted as an early Oscar contender. IN his review for VarietyOwen Gleiberman wrote, “The film is breathtaking—in its drama, its sophisticated innovation, its vision. It is a ruthless but intimate tale of art, desire, obsession, and power.”

“Devil in the White City” was first put into development on Hulu in 2019 and officially ordered to series on the streamer in August 2022. It is based on the book of the same name by Erik Larson.

According to the official logline for “The Devil in the White City,” the show “tells the true story of Daniel H. Burnham, a demanding but visionary architect who races 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 fair’s shadow.”

Martin Scorsese, Rick Yorn, Leonardo DiCaprio and Appian Way’s Jennifer Davisson, Stacey Sher, Sam Shaw and Mark Lafferty serve as executive producers on the series. Sam Shaw is adapting the book for the screen and will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Lila Byock also executive producing. ABC Signature will produce in association with Paramount Television Studios.

This is the latest chapter in the book’s long history of development. DiCaprio acquired the rights in 2010 with plans to adapt it as a film in which he would play Holmes. Scorsese came on board to direct in 2015 with Billy Ray set to write the screenplay. It was first put into development in Hollywood by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner through their Cruise/Wagner banner via the shingle’s deal with Paramount, but the option lapsed in 2004. Paramount reacquired the film rights in 2007 and set it up with producers Michael Shamberg and Sher.

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