Damon, Affleck Making Whitey Bulger Flick

Sopranos writer to pen script
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 24, 2011 1:03 PM CDT
FILE - In this July 2, 2008 file photo, Matt Damon, left, and Ben Affleck arrive at the Ante Up For Africa charity poker tournament during the World Series of Poker at the Rio hotel and casino in Las...   (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, file)
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(Newser) – The Whitey Bulger story begs for the cinematic treatment—and it’s getting just that, courtesy of two guys who know a thing or two about Boston. Ben Affleck will direct Matt Damon as Bulger in the Warner Bros. release, with a script by Sopranos writer/producer Terence Winter. “I don't think it's been announced yet that we're doing it,” Damon tells GQ. “But the sooner it's announced the better, just because everyone else will back off. I’m really excited about it."

He’s not sure yet how the picture will be structured. “If it's a straight biopic, we'll do it over a period of time. But it's always a question of what part of the story do you tell, and biopics are always a little cumbersome.” In other Matt Damon news, the actor is set to direct his first movie from a script he wrote with John Krasinski. “It's about a salesman who goes to this small town and how the salesman is changed by his experience there,” Damon says.

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