Disney streamer Hulu has ordered two new original drama series – including an adaptation of Devil In The White City, produced by Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, with Keanu Reeves attached to star in his first major TV role.
John Wick franchise star Reeves will both take the lead role and exec produce Devil In The White City, which is based on the novel by Erik Larson about Dr H.H. Holmes, a serial killer and the man behind the “Murder Castle” at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and Daniel H. Burnham, a demanding but brilliant architect who races to make his mark on the world.
The series will be produced by DiCaprio’s Appian Way, alongside Martin Scorsese, Rick Yorn, Jennifer Davisson, and Stacey Sher. The studio is ABC Signature, in association with Paramount. It will be written by showrunner Sam Shaw and directed by Todd Field.
The second order from Hulu, meanwhile, is The Other Black Girl, which hails from Disney’s Onyx Collective brand and is executive produced by Rashida Jones, Tara Duncan, Adam Fishbach, Zakiya Dalila Harris, showrunner Danielle Henderson; and Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.
The series tells the story of Nella, an editorial assistant who is tired of being the only black girl at her company, so she’s excited when Hazel is hired. But as Hazel’s star begins to rise, Nella spirals out and discovers something sinister is going on at the company.
“These two new series both speak to the kind of distinct storytelling with uniquely compelling characters and forward-thinking narratives we continue to aim for in all that we do,” said Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment. “Both were best-selling books that pierced the culture as they hit shelves, and we look forward to the honour of continuing to tell those stories on screen.”