Johnny Depp drops out of the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass
With a director (Barry Levinson) that hasn’t had a hit in almost 20 years and a $20 million actor that can’t sell a movie where he’s not dressed in make-up, the filmmakers of the planned Whitey Bulger biopic BLACK MASS went to Cannes to try and find investors for their “indie” film about the Boston crime lord. Well, it seems that times are tough and no one was interested in giving them money, so they turned to Johnny Depp and asked him if he’d cut his $20 million fee. He laughed and had his butlers escort them off his beach side mansion. Or at least that’s how I envision it. Regardless of how the message got across, Johnny Depp is out of BLACK MASS and so the filmmakers have to go searching for another leading man and have their eyes on Joel Edgerton. But what the rest of the world knows is that they should scrap the project completely and let Ben Affleck and Matt Damon do their own Whitey Bulger biopic that they’ve been planning. (THR)
The official description of Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s book, “Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal”: John Connolly and James “Whitey” Bulger grew up together on the tough streets of South Boston. Decades later in the mid-1970s, they met again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI’s Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. Connolly had an idea, a scheme that might bring Bugler into the FBI fold and John Connolly into the Bureau’s big leagues. But Bulger had other plans. Compellingly told by two former Boston Globe reporters who were on the case from the beginning, Black Mass is the chilling true story of what happened between them—a dark deal that spiraled out of control, leading to drug dealing, racketeering, and murder.