Cambridge buddies Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are re-teaming for the making of a movie about James “Whitey” Bulger. Damon revealed to GQ that the will play the mob boss and Affleck will direct the Bulger project. This should be another great Ben and Matt film.
The movie is about a former organized crime figure from Boston, Massachusetts. Local folklore depicted him as a Robin Hood-style social bandit dedicated to protecting the neighborhood and its residents. Terence Winter, whose credits include “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire,” is writing the script for Warner Bros.
It’s one of several Whitey-related movies that are in the works, and it’s clear Damon’s comments are intended to slow, perhaps even kill, the other projects.
“There are a couple of competing movies and I don’t think it’s been announced yet that we’re doing it,” Damon said of the Bulger pic. “But the sooner it’s announced the better, just because everyone else will back off, hopefully. I’m really excited about it.”
Among Bulger projects previously announced are from, Producer Graham King, who won an Oscar for “The Departed,” is working on a movie with Bulger henchman John Martorano; producer Brian Oliver is bringing “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob” to the big screen.
Also actor Peter Facinelli is trying to produce a film based on “Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob,” the book by Edward MacKenzie and BU professor Phyllis Karas.
Contacted today, Karas said she’d heard rumors that Matt and Ben might be in on a Whitey movie. “With Warner Bros. involved, I’d imagine that project would take precedent, but who knows?” Karas said. “Those guys kind of rule Boston when it comes to this stuff.”
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