Leonardo DiCaprio Plans To ‘Beat The Reaper’ At HBO

The actor will produce a drama series based upon Josh Bazell's thriller.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Back in 2009, Josh Bazell's novel "Beat The Reaper" was optioned for a film with Leonardo DiCaprio as the leading contender to play the main character. And while DiCaprio likely won't be playing the part now, he is instrumental to the project's new life on TV.

According to Deadline, HBO has picked up a drama pilot for "Beat The Reaper," with DiCaprio set to executive produce the potential series. Described as a crime/medical thriller, "Beat The Reaper" follows Peter Brown, a young doctor working in an emergency room who encounters a patient who knows Peter from his old life in the mob before he was saved by the witness relocation program. The series finds Peter trying to keep his new life while contending with enemies from the past returning to destroy him.

Brian Koppelman and David Levien are writing and directing the pilot episode, in addition to executive producing alongside DiCaprio, Davisson Killoran, Julie Yorn, Arnon Milchan, Bob Harper and Hutch Parker.  Koppelman and Levien have previously collaborated on the ESPN drama, "Tilt" and an ABC pilot called "The Street Lawyer."

Although DiCaprio is best known for starring in films like "Inception," "Catch Me If You Can," "Gangs of New York," "Shutter Island" and "J. Edgar," the actor has also produced several movies including "The Aviator," "Orphan" and "The Ides of March." DiCaprio is also producing Jack El-Hai's "The Lobotomist" for a potential adaptation at HBO as well.

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