There were rumors that Damon and Affleck were going to collaborate next on a film about the couple of Yankees players who swapped wives back in the seventies in an effort to ensure that the decade would forever hold first place as the sleaziest decade in the history of the world. Of course the players were sort of reluctant to have the story told (lawyers may or may not have been deployed), and Damon and Affleck realized that as lifelong Red Sox fans they really preferred films in which the Yankees were figuratively rather than literally fucked. So they’ve moved on to a Whitey Bulger biography.
Damon told GQ as an aside in an article about the future of international trade:
We’re doing a Whitey Bulger movie… Warner’s got it for us. There are a couple of competing movies and I don’t think it’s been announced yet that we’re doing it… But the sooner it’s announced the better, just because everyone else will back off, hopefully. I’m really excited about it.
I think it’s hilarious that the only information he gives about his film on a gangster is that the seven competing films in early production should find something better to do. Where’d we find the idea for this film? It fell off the back off a truck.
Bulger does have an interesting biography, with elements to distinguish it from just another knockoff of Goodfellas. He had a sort of Robin Hood mythos going in the area, which allows some deft dramatic tension in the right hands, and also was an FBI informant for a large chunk of his illustrious business career.
The plan is for Affleck to direct, Damon to star as Bulger, and for Terence Winter of “The Sopranos,” and “Boardwalk Empire” fame to write the script. So you know, they got that going for them.