TV Q&A: Is the ‘Devil in the White City’ adaptation still in the works? | Lifestyles
RICH HELDENFELS Tribune News Service
Q: It’s been 10 years since we heard that Leonardo DiCaprio will star in the movie version of “The Devil in White Town.” It’s been a long time coming. Is this film going to be made? I hope!
A: Still in the works is a screen adaptation of Erik Larson’s non-fiction tale of the murder and the 1893 World’s Fair, but not quite as originally envisioned. As Deadline reported, DiCaprio acquired the rights to the book in 2010, with an eye on a feature film directed by Martin Scorsese, a frequent DiCaprio collaborator. But in 2019, the project transitioned into a planned miniseries for Hulu, with DiCaprio serving as an executive producer along with Scorsese. There have been reports of a possible casting from time to time since then. Most recently, earlier in January, Keanu Reeves was reportedly in negotiations for the series; it was not said who he would play.
Q: We’ve always watched “The Big Bang Theory” and now we love watching “Young Sheldon”. We remember an episode of “Big Bang” featuring Sheldon’s twin sister, but we don’t remember any episodes involving a brother. Did we miss something?
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A: Yes. Jerry O’Connell played Georgie Cooper in several episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” starting with the 11th season in 2018. He was the successful owner of a chain of tire stores; “Young Sheldon”, where Montana Jordan plays young Georgie, showed the character’s business acumen.
Q: Perhaps you could help me find a very old movie. Between 1948 and 1950, I saw a movie called “Mickey” which lifted my spirits. All these years I’ve been asking people to see this movie, but no one has ever heard of it. It starred Lois Butler and, I think, Skippy Homeier and Anne Revere. I barely remember the plot or the storyline, but somehow it’s still a very positive memory. Is it possible to find a room to see this film?
A: “Mickey,” from 1948, starred Lois Butler as young Mickey Kelly. The headlining cast includes Bill Goodwin, Irene Hervey and John Sutton; Skippy Homeier is also in it, but not Anne Revere. You can find it on Amazon Prime Video; there are also recordings on YouTube; image quality isn’t great on any of them.
Q: Sometime in January, at the end of Days of Our Lives, there was a note saying it was in memory of someone (I think a woman). It passed so quickly that I didn’t understand the name. I was wondering if anyone from the cast had died.
A: I believe you saw a dedication to Elizabeth “Betsy” Snyder, who wrote about “Days” for a decade. The Emmy winner died after a brief illness last November. She had also written for other daytime dramas, including “Another World,” “General Hospital,” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Q: I was a huge fan of the show “Fringe” and wonder if there was ever talk about the possibility of a movie version? I would also like to know why it does not appear on any of the streaming services like Amazon or Netflix?
A: To answer your last question first, you can find “Fringe” on IMDb TV and HBO Max. While fans often yearn for a favorite show to return as a movie or another series, I couldn’t find any discussion of “Fringe” that makes that likely.
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