The news that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are developing a movie based on the notorious American mobster Whitey Bulger filled me with good cheer! As you already know I am a big fan of gangster films and Bulger’s story is chock full of potential. In fact Bulger’s story inspired Jack Nicholson’s character in Scorsese’s The Departed. After 16 years on the run Bulger was finally apprehended in June of this year, thus ending a criminal career that had spanned 67 years and included drug dealing, extortion, theft and 19 counts of murder.
Matt Damon when interviewed by GQ last month confirmed that the Good Will Hunting duo would work on the project, with Damon starring and Affleck directing. I think Affleck’s real strength is in directing; Gone Baby Gone was brilliant and The Town is one of my favourite movies of 2010. It looks like the Untitled Whitey Bulger project (as it’s called on iMDb) won’t be released until 2014 but it’s definitely one to watch out for.