The 2003 historical non-fiction novel, written by Erik Larson, dives into the story of Daniel H. Burnham (Reeves), an architect who dreams of making history at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. He comes up with a way to build the first skyscrapers and plans for Central Park. In tandem, the chilling story of Dr. H. H. Holmes, dubbed as America’s first modern serial killer, is also told.
Unlike Reeves’ character, Holmes used his talents for fear and destruction. Holmes was the terrifying guy who built the infamous “Murder Castle.” Basically, it was a maze filled with traps designed to lure victims behind the fronts of shops and apartments.
EPs for the show include Reeves himself, Martin Scorsese, Leonard DiCaprio, Mark Lafferty, and Sam Shaw, among others. Shaw will also be taking over as the writer and showrunner. The show will be produced by ABC Signature in association with Paramount Television Studios.
While Reeves has starred in TV films in the past, this is his first starring television role. It’ll be interesting to see the action star in a serialized small-screen format. The material seems darker than what he’s known for—but Reeves is a seasoned actor, so his performance is highly anticipated.
Originally, DiCaprio purchased the rights in 2010 with an interest to play Holmes, so it’ll be a sight if the legendary actors play opposite each other in this true crime classic.
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