Leonardo DiCaprio is the talk of Hollywood. His upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) is on its way, hitting theaters July 26th, 2019. His involvement with the adaptation of The Devil in the White City has genre fans giddy. The live action version of Akira (1988) is closer to actually happening than it has ever been before. But it looks like DiCaprio wants more. He has his eyes set on collaborating with another huge influence on modern-day cinema: Guillermo del Toro.

Variety got the word that DiCaprio is in negotiations for Fox Searchlight’s Nightmare Alley, which is going to be directed by del Toro. del Toro’s latest film, The Shape of Water (2017), won him Oscars for both best picture and best director. del Toro is co-writing the script with Kim Morgan. Nightmare Alley is of course based on the classic 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham.


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Nightmare Alley has been made into a film adaptation once before, in 1947 and starring Tyrone Power. The film centers around a con man in the seedy underbelly of society. Eventually he joins up with a young female psychologist, who turns the con on him and changes his life from hunter to prey. It shines light on the sleazy and sometimes gross side of show business, all while featuring characters ranging from carneys to femme fatales.

The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in the fall, so del Toro still has time to fill out the rest of the cast.

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