FOX is looking to develop a series about New England crime boss and FBI informant, Whitey Bulger. ‘Nurse Jackie’ and ‘Twilight’-series star, Peter Facinelli, is attached to star as the lead in the series, playing boxer turned drug dealer Eddie MacKenzie (Eddie Mac).
‘Street Soldier’ will be based on MacKenzie’s own memoirs, entitled, ‘Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Irish Mob.’ The story will focus on MacKenzie commiting crimes as an enforcer for Bulger, and how he was able to eventually leave the mob without getting himself killed.
In May of this year, MacKenzie was indicted by a grand jury on charges of racketeering, extortion, money laundering, and mail fraud for his alleged involvement with the New Jerusalem Church. As Director of Operations for the church, MacKenzie was accused of looting the church of its financial assets through means of intimidation, which may have included giving copies of ‘Street Soldier’ to victims, showing the previous crimes he committed.
Whitey Bulger inspired Jack Nicholson’s character in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning movie ‘The Departed.’ A career criminal, he spent time in Alcatraz in 1959. In August, the 83-year-old was convicted for his involvement in 11 murders as part of the Winter Hill Gang.
Larry Golin is set to pen the script. He has experience writing about boxers, as he wrote the 1999 TV movie, ‘Rocky Marciano,’ starring Jon Favreau.
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