Jim Sheridan (“In the Name of the Father,” “In America”) is developing a film about notorious Boston mobster turned FBI informant Whitey Bulger reports Variety.
Sheridan and Nye Heron are adapting Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s book “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob” for Sheridan to direct.
Bulger rose to prominence in Boston as a feared enforcer and built the Winter Hill Gang into an enterprise that did everything from selling drugs to procuring guns for the Irish Republican Army.
His rise was helped by John Connolly, a childhood pal who became an FBI agent. Bulger disappeared 14 years ago, creating a major law enforcement scandal. Bulger himself is considered the main inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s underworld kingpin character in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning “The Departed”.
Shooting hopes to begin later this year.