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Sony, that “Compelling but tough material”, and Whitey Bulger… “Such an awful guy”

Posted in Books, Johnny Depp, movies by Anna Maria Polidori on May 7, 2015

Black Mass and some leaked Sony e-mails involving the project when it still was just a dream



New-old leaked e-mails from Sony (from the story of the movie The Interview) involving this time Black Mass, when the movie was still a distant project.

In an article published by the Boston Herald some passages of these leaked e-mails.

Michael De Luca Sony’s Columbia Pictures the first studio executive one who tried to pass on a distribution deal for Black Mass wrote: “…It’s Italian mob vs FBI and Whitey Bulger. Script’s OK but nothing new here“.

The e-mail sent at the Sony president Doug Belgrade. Belgrade replied: “We all read it with Barry and Johnny and couldn’t quite get there. Scott doesn’t change equation“.

Belgrade thought that the material was “Compelling but tough”, and Whitey Bulger “Such an awful 11181839_422107524629563_434860139454374437_n guy“.

At first it seemed that Christian Bale had to play the role of Whitey Bulger.

Tom Rothman from Sony’s motion picture group sent an e-mail to Pascal and Belgrade in 2013. “..We are going to chase it and see what shakes out, as Bale will be an awesome Whitey“.

Belgrade wished him all the best: “Pretty cool team and a very good script. Good luck!” he added at the end of the e-mail.

Later Warner Bros proceeded with Black Mass. At first Warner Bros. thought at the eventuality of a movie starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon “the two of Boston”. The two friends and Bostonians are thinking in fact at a movie-project involving the criminal life of Bulger from a long time. Later the studio decided to going on with Johnny Depp  who created a wonderful Whitey Bulger 11169858_420838141423168_987177051999977338_n  10514682_294206684086315_4994177637846318180_n 11169935_1429220494060884_5456688065294276495_n




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