On the big screen, the tale may just be beginning.
“Black Mass,” the fact-based Bulger project that was at one time to star
“Our intention is to shoot in Boston this spring,” producer John Lesher told The Times.
Based on a script by Mark Mallouk about James "Whitey" Bulger’s striking 16-year run as both a ruthless mobster and
The film is adapted from Dick Lehr and Gerald O'Neill's book of the same name and examines Bulger's reign of terror as well as the complex FBI scheme that eventually brought him down. Exclusive Media and Cross Creek Pictures are financing the movie -- the companies recently teamed on another compelling real life story, the Formula One tale "Rush."
Other Bulger projects remain in development, including a
After a long run as crime kingpin that saw him allegedly responsible for nearly 20 murders and various instances of torture, Bulger fled shortly before a racketeering indictment and went into hiding for 16 years. He was discovered in Santa Monica in 2011.
On Thursday, Judge Denise J. Casper sentenced Bulger to life in prison plus five years, along with another life sentence, and ordered him to pay $19.5 million in restitution. Bulger plans to appeal.
The trial gives "Black Mass" a certain timeliness. But filmmakers say that's not a major factor in the film's momentum.
"We are going to try to tell a compelling story in an honest way," Lesher said. "The urgency is that we love it. It's just taken a little while to get the project in the right place."
When Casper addressed Bulger in the sentencing hearing, she said that that "the scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable."
She added: "At times during the trial I wished that we were watching a movie, that what we were hearing was not real, but as the families of the victims here know too well, it was not a movie." If Hollywood has its way, we may get that too.
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