3 February 2013 8:04 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Johnny Depp is attached to play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Black MassBarry Levinson will direct with a scheduled May start date.  Cross Creek bought the rights to the 2001 book Black Mass, but Mark Mallouk had to write a new ending when Bulger was captured in June 2011 after spending more than a decade on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List.  Bulger featured heavily in the South Boston organized crime scene in the 70s and 80s, but maintained a reputation as a "modern-day Robin Hood" among some of the locals.  The synopsis makes it clear this will be a sympathetic portrait: Black Mass tells the true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.  However, after the Feds closed in on their targets, »

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