It seems like decades since Good Will Hunting launched Matt Damon and Ben Affleck into the realm of stardom, in which they both took two dramatically different paths of the spectrum, with Damon having a little more luck in the acting department and Affleck finding his pitch-perfect niche in directing.
Well it’s time for a “reunited and it feels so good” moment, because according to Deadline, the duo will finally reunite, this time taking on the biopic of the notorious Boston mobster, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, with Warner Brothers attached as well.
This time, however, Affleck will be co-starring as well as directing both Damon and his brother, Casey Affleck (a yet to be announced supporting character), with Damon starring as Bulger. If that wasn’t enough, even more good luck is blessed upon the project, this time in the form of Boardwalk Empire creator/writer Terence Winter, who will be composing the script.
Ironically, this should come out as familiar territory for Damon, who took on the other side of the law as a crooked Boston cop in The Departed (which Martin Scorsese somewhat based off of Bulger), as well as Affleck, who has given us a gloriously gritty depiction of Boston’s underbelly in both Gone Baby Gone and The Town.
Heck, just saying the words “Matt Damon, Star” and “Ben Affleck, Director,” is enough to convince an audience to pay the admission price. But, if that powerhouse combination wasn’t enough, the story of Bulger is intriguing all on its own. Here’s a handy synopsis provided by Deadline:
Bulger is the notorious South Boston crime boss who fled in 1994 and remained a fugitive for 16 years — 12 of them on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. He was arrested in June in Santa Monica. The story will cover Bulger’s youth to his incarceration on Alcatraz, through his rise to become a mob boss while secretly serving as an FBI informant for decades.
From that alone, it’s evident that a film chronicling these events is almost a no-brainer success if handled correctly (and we all know it will be) just because audiences love their gangster epics a la The Godfather.
Affleck, who is currently shooting the spy drama Argo and has recently been given directorial duties for the adaptation for Stephen King’s The Stand, continues on well-deserved high profile directorial path, and this biopic will further prove that he has the chops for a potential Oscar nominee.
Of course, it goes without saying that Damon has quite the reputation as well, starring in hit after hit, and it further proves that this long awaited reunion of the pair will be highly anticipated amongst the masses. This is definitely one to watch out for, as further news starts pouring in.