Chuck Hogan To Bring Whitey Bulger To The Silver Screen
When adapting the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs for American audiences, William Monahan looked to Boston kingpin James "Whitey" Bulger. Renamed "Frank Costello" and played by Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese's Oscar winning film The Departed, the figure was merely an inspiration for what ended up being a remarkable film. Now Chuck Hogan is digging in for the real story.
Deadline reports that Hogan, who wrote the book that Ben Affleck's The Town is based on, has been hired by GK Films to script a crime drama about the notorious Winter Hill Gang. Founded in 1950 by James "Buddy" McLean, the gang was was an influential force during the 1960s and 70s until 1979 when 21 members were tried and indited. The film will chronicle the rise of the gang and explore the relationship between them and the FBI Boston office. GK Films purchased the rights to the story after chief enforcer John Martorano was released from prison in 2007 after serving 14 years. Bulger was never caught and is, to this day, a fugitive.
Having gone to school in Boston, I always get a kick out of seeing films being made there. While they aren't always the most positive films (child molestation in Mystic River, mob violence in The Departed, bank robbers in The Town), it seems to always provide an interesting backdrop because of it's history and ethnic mix. You start making a film in Boston and you are already on the right track.
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