Whitey Bulger has been around the cinematic block. In 2006, the story of associate John "Red" Shea was picked up for the feature treatment, by Mark Wahlberg, who then went on to star in a different Whitey-influenced film, The Departed. This past December wordhit that another associate, John Martorano, was picked for a film. Inevitably, we're led to this moment, and Variety's news that Whitey is finally getting a film to call his very own.

Jim Sheridan, the man behind My Left Foot and In America, will be adapting the Bulger biography Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob with Nye Heron, and then direct it. This book has actually been floating around Hollywood for a while now. It was originally optioned by Miramax for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, then picked up by producer Brian Oliver, who had to wait for The Departed to come and go.

One of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted, and a focus of America's Most Wanted a whopping 14 times, James "Whitey" Bulger led the Irish-American Winter Hill Gang in Boston -- getting busy with drug trafficking, murder, and all that gangster stuff. As Sheridan describes it: "This is a story of a corrupt system and about how an angry guy became the second most wanted man after Bin Laden." Presented by a man with the talents of Sheridan -- the project has promise, and should definitely give Martorano a run for his money.

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