Just two months after confirming his participation, Keanu Reeves has quit Hulu’s “The Devil in the White City,” according to Variety.
The series mentioned above has been developing since 2019 into a television adaptation of the best-selling novel by author Erik Larson. Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio were involved in the production of the series.
He didn’t get the go-ahead from Hulu to order the Keanu Reeves-starring series until August. Reeves was set to portray Daniel H. Burnham in his first substantial television role. The production is now seeking his replacement.
The Devil in the White City tells the true story of Daniel H. Burnham, a demanding but visionary architect who struggles to make history with the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, and of Dr. HH Holmes, America’s first modern serial killer and the brains behind the infamous “Murder Castle,” built in the shadow of the Fair.
Martin Scorsese, Rick Yorn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson of the Appian Way, Stacey Sher, Sam Shaw, and Mark Lafferty are well-known actors and directors who produced the show.
In 2010, DiCaprio purchased the adaptation rights to make a movie where he would play Sherlock Holmes. Billy Ray was supposed to write the script when Scorsese signed up to helm in 2015. But he collaborated with Paramount, halting the production of the film.
Reeves has declared his desire to direct in addition to his role as John Wick in Netflix’s BRZRKR. He will also be reprising his roles as John Constantine in Constantine 2 and John Wick in John Wick 4 in 2023.