Actor Johnny Depp is in new talks to portray notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger in an upcoming biopic.
The star was originally cast in Black Mass in February, but dropped out in May after he was reportedly asked to take a $10 million pay cut due to budget constraints.
Rain Man director Barry Levinson was initially attached to direct the film, but Out of Furnace filmmaker Scott Cooper is now reportedly in talks to rewrite and direct the movie about the Boston gangster, who spent almost two decades evading capture after he was placed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation ‘s (FBI) Most Wanted List.
Black Mass isn’t the only film based on Bulger’s life story in development. Matt Damon is also set to star as the crime lord in a new project directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Twilight actor Peter Facinelli is set to star in a TV adaptation of Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas’ book Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer For Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob.
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Hollywood veteran Johnny Depp has reportedly dropped out of a planned biopic about notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.
The Public Enemies star was set to play the notorious Boston, Massachusetts crime lord, who was at the top of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Most Wanted List for almost two decades, in Barry Levinson’s upcoming film.
But, according to industry reports, producers had a hard time finding a buyer for the project at France’s recent Cannes Film Festival, and asked Depp to take a $10 million pay cut to accommodate a new budget.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the veteran refused and now studio bosses are scrambling to find a replacement.
There are currently two other films about Bulger in the works – Matt Damon is slated to portray the crime boss in a movie directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Peter Facinelli has secured the rights to adapt Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas’ book Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob for a rival movie.