Crime boss James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. spent nearly two decades on the FBI’s 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, Bulger’s 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 Karas’s 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 Bulger’s 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 Boston’s volatile Irish community. Heck, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, which reportedly leaned on Bulger’s legend as it crafted a mob boss character for Jack Nicholson, went on to win four Oscars including Best Picture and Director. We’ll see if Facinelli’s take on Bulger can be that successful.

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