Todd Field has exited as director and executive producer of Hulu’s series adaptation of “The Devil in the White City,” Variety reports. The news comes right after Keanu Reeves stepped away from the project last week. According to Variety, the search is now on for a new director.
Hulu ordered an eight-episode limited series for the drama in August 2022.
The 2003 book by Erik Larson tells the true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were forever linked by The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. It follows Daniel H. Burnham, a brilliant and fastidious architect racing to make his mark on the world and Henry H. Holmes, a handsome and cunning doctor who fashioned his own pharmaceutical “Murder Castle” on fair grounds – a palace built to seduce, torture and mutilate young women. The story takes the viewer on a tour of murder, romance and mystery in the gilded age.
Reeves was attached to play Burnham in the project. No other cast has been announced yet.
Hulu announced the project in 2019 as a big-budget series with DiCaprio and Scorsese exec producing alongside Rick Yorn, Emma Koskoff, Jennifer Davisson and Stacey Sher.
Castle Rock and Manhattan creator Sam Shaw is working on the adaptation.
It’s from ABC Signature in Association with Paramount Television Studios.