Twilight Star Peter Facinelli Producing Whitey Bulger's Story For Planned Biopic

By Sean O'Connell 2011-06-28 14:53:19discussion comments
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Crime boss James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. spent nearly two decades on the FBIís Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for his connections to the Massachusetts-based Winter Hill Gang, leading to charges of racketeering, murder, extortion, narcotics distribution and more. After being on the lam since 1994, though, the 81-year-old Bulger made headlines for being arrested in his Santa Monica apartment, where he reportedly had holed up for the last 15 years with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

It sounds like a Hollywood story waiting to happen, and if Peter Facinelli has his way, Bulgerís biography will be on the big screen sooner rather than later. The Twilight Saga star, who also logged time on Six Feet Under, Damages and Nurse Jackie, plans to produce an adaptation of Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karasís Bulger book titled Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer For Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob. Facinelli has a leg up on the competition in the race to tell Bulgerís tale, as he started the process of hiring a screenwriter and securing funding (through Brookstreet Pictures) nine months ago, according to Deadline, and is ready to start talking with potential directors and actors for the project.

Facinelli is new to the producing game, with only two credits on his IMDB page. But moving on this story, and being in the race when Bulger was apprehended by authorities, was a lucky twist of fate for Facinelli Films. Deadline says that this will be an indie biopic, and casting will make or break the feature. But audiences have proven over the years to be interested in mob stories, specifically those rooted in Bostonís volatile Irish community. Heck, Martin Scorseseís The Departed, which reportedly leaned on Bulgerís legend as it crafted a mob boss character for Jack Nicholson, went on to win four Oscars including Best Picture and Director. Weíll see if Facinelliís take on Bulger can be that successful.
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