Scott Cooper is negotiating to rewrite and direct the Whitey Bulger biopic "Black Mass" at Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media and Universal Pictures.
Johnny Depp was in talks last year to possibly play Bulger in the project, but those fell apart over finance. Now, talks with Depp have rekindled.
The story deals with the feared South Boston criminal Whitey Bulger, who was betrayed by the FBI after he became an informant to bring down a rival crime family. Bulger was captured in June 2011 in Santa Monica following a 16-year manhunt.
Joel Edgerton remains attached to play Bulger's childhood friend, FBI agent John Connolly.
Mark Mallouk adapted the screenplay, while Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust, John Lesher and Christi Dembrowski will produce.