Paramount, led by CEO Brad Grey, has sealed a three-year first-look production deal with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way. This comes after DiCaprio won Best Actor for The Revenant, and at a time when Appian Way is teamed with Paramount on what could be DiCaprio’s next major project. That is The Devil In The White City, an adaptation of the Erik Larson book that’s got a script by Billy Ray and will reteam DiCaprio with Martin Scorsese. Leo has become Hollywood’s top earning leading man.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brad and the team at Paramount Pictures on numerous projects throughout my career. I cannot think of a better home for Appian Way as we continue our growth,” DiCaprio said in the announcement today.
Appian and Paramount are separately percolating an adaptation of the Kayla Olson novel Sandcastle Empire, about an apocalyptic future with a society on the brink of collapse from climate change; a yet-untitled film based on a book proposal by New York Times journalist Jack Ewing about the recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal; and a limited television series based on A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Charles Lindbergh. DiCaprio’s Appian Way banner had long been ensconced at Warner Bros, where he still has many projects including Akira and a film about Richard Jewell, the security guard whose life unraveled when his heroic efforts to clear a park during a bombing led to a press witch hunt that he had planted the device. Jonah Hill is attached to play Jewell and DiCaprio could play his lawyer.
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