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Johnny Depp May Circle Back To Whitey Bulger Pic 'Black Mass' With Scott Cooper Directing

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 14, 2014 6:34 PM
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Okay, here's a quick recap: you might recall that this summer, Johnny Depp was slated to shoot the Whitey Bulger pic "Black Mass" with director Barry Levinson and co-star Joel Edgerton, but then things went south. Production company Cross Creek Pictures asked Depp—who they were already paying $20 million—to take a pay cut (along with everyone else), when budget went from $50 to $63 million. They couldn't manage to renegotiate his contract and the movie fell apart. But it may be coming back to life.

Deadline reports that Depp is now circling the movie again, with "Crazy Heart" and "Out of the Furnace" director Scott Cooper to rewrite and direct the film. The initial script was penned by Mark Mallouk, and is based on the bestselling book by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill, "Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob," telling the story of the infamous gangster and leader of The Winter Hill Gang, who was on the FBI’s top ten most wanted list for the past few decades before he was dramatically arrested in 2011 after years of hiding in California. Depp would be taking the juicy role of Bulger if this all works out.

But as with all things Depp, he's courted for everything under the sun (see "Doctor Strange"), but with two mega-sequels owed to Disney ("Alice In Wonderland 2," "Pirates Of The Caribbean 5"), scheduling the actor can be tricky. And he costs a lot. That said, he's Johnny Depp, so he can probably gets what he wants, and from his end, this is a pretty great role. But if "Black Mass" does come together, it'll be a bit of bummer news to Ben Affleck and Matt Damon who have their own Bulger movie in the works, though it's still in the rewrite phase and a long way from being made given Batman's schedule.

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  • Kevin Sullivan | February 1, 2014 9:51 PMReply

    First, Black Mass is a FICTION novel and the movie will BOMB if Depp plays whitey, but dice Black Mass is a FICTION book, I guess Depp makes sense. If Dick Lehr wrote the Truth about Whitey and got Ed Harris to play the lead maybe they wouldn't have to play Black Mass in a phone booth. Kevin Sullivan

  • Crissy | January 21, 2014 8:44 PMReply

    Please Hollywood it's time for some new leading men! I am so bored with uninspired performances and inane movies by ugly, self absorbed idiots like Depp, Pitt, DiCaprio and Co.

  • firko | January 16, 2014 1:21 PMReply

    I want Depp... Depp as White Bulger ...this perfect idea :)

  • Rick | January 16, 2014 11:26 AMReply

    The more he makes, the less interesting he becomes.

  • GERARD KENNELLY | January 15, 2014 7:55 AMReply

    first boyle and peter yates
    then nicholson and Scorsese
    then day lewis and Jim Sheridan
    then Affleck and damon
    now depp and scott cooper

  • That Kid | January 14, 2014 10:35 PMReply

    Hope Christian Bale can join in.

  • caro | January 14, 2014 8:45 PMReply

    in some days, i guess that a rumor will say an A list actor who yet worked with Depp and Cooper is interested by Connoly's character

  • Sydnie | January 14, 2014 7:58 PMReply


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