Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reunite for Boston gangster saga

Pair set to star in biopic of notorious criminal Whitey Bulger

 
Having previously collaborated on the Oscar-winning script for Good Will Hunting, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are set to team-up again.
 
The currently untitled film will be based on the story of the recently apprehended Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger who spent the last sixteen years at large, twelve of those on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List.
 
Matt Damon, who is originally from Greater Boston, has already acted alongside a fictional impression of Bulger.
 
The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning crime thriller, starred Jack Nicholson as Frank Costello, a figure based on Bulger and his crimes.
 
Terence Winter, famous for writing episodes of The Sopranos as well as recent HBO series Boardwalk Empire, will pen the script.
 
Ben Affleck is set to take the directorial reigns, with Damon playing Bulger and Affleck’s brother Casey – who was in Ben's first Boston crime flick, the incredible Gone Baby Gone – in a supporting role.
 
James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger’s story is a remarkable one: After rising to the top of criminal underworld in the early ‘70s, Federal Prosecutors began a process to indict the kingpin in 1994, forcing him to flee Boston and go into hiding.
 
Now, after being apprehended in Santa Monica, he is facing a staggering charge of nineteen murders.
 
Talking to GQ magazine, Damon stated that he was “really excited” about doing the movie and that “the sooner it’s announced the better.”
 
Affleck claimed “Matt and I have been looking for something to do together for some time,” and that the pair had “heard about Whitey Bulger since we were kids.”
 
Apparently, two other films about the Boston gangster are also in development. But Damon is confident that “everyone else will back off.”
 
Pearl Street Films will produce the picture. The project is expected to get underway next year. 

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Comments

    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Oct 25th 2011, 14:57

      Jack Nicholas??! Jesus - with you calling the new Clooney film 'The Ideas Of March' you lot are getting, very, very lazy......

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    • Rytrospyk

      Oct 25th 2011, 16:04

      I think this will be fantastic, Affleck has shown when you give him a film set in Boston he delivers everytime. Not sure about Damon in the lead role, but he usually gives it his all so I'll reserve judgement. As good as Casey is, he's still a relative unknown I would say, but he'll do amazing in whatever role he's given.

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    • gonzoBen

      Oct 25th 2011, 20:21

      Awesome, been reading about Bulger recently; absolute mad b4stard. This story is in good hands.

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    • writerdave87

      Oct 26th 2011, 12:56

      The two Afflecks, Damon, and a film set in Boston... sign me up

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