This just in: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have teamed up to tell a story in no way related to crime or the city of Boston. No, actually, that is a lie. In perhaps the least surprising film news of the day, Affleck and Damon, who signed a development deal with Warner Brothers last year, will be producing a biopic of recently captured Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, who previously inspired Jack Nicholson's character in the Damon vehicle The Departed. (I know, it's all a rich tapestry.) As a bonus, the project will feature a screenplay by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, obviously no stranger to crime writing himself.
One twist: Damon's starring, Affleck's directing. This'll be the first time Affleck's directed his long-time compadre — but then, he's already directed his brother (in the Boston-based crime drama Gone Baby Gone) and himself (in the Boston-based crime drama The Town), so how hard can it be? Flippant remarks aside, Damon and Affleck generally do good work (well, Affleck had that rough patch, but he's really stepped it up lately), and it's hard to think of a team better equipped to tell this story. Actually, as The AV Club points out, there are two other Bulger biopics in development, but given Damon and Affleck's name recognition and instant associations with Boston, the other projects' days may be numbered.