Remember the story about Graham King's GK Films, recently in town shooting the Mel Gibson flick "Edge of Darkness," snagging the rights to John Martorano's life story? You know, the blood-driven hit man behind James "Whitey" Bulger's Boston-based Winter Hill Gang?
Well, the latest from the Herald here is that "The Departed" filmmaker Martin Scorsese met with Martorano separately at an Italian restaurant in the Back Bay while filming "Shutter Island" to lock down the rights to the hit man's story. If the flick is greenlit, North Shore writer and Oscar winner for "The Departed," William Monahan, will write the script.
Martorano, who murdered more than 20 people over a decade, was released from prison in 2007 after serving 12 years and two months.
Oversaturation of gang-related movies in Boston? Click here for Loaded Gun's take on the debate. And here for the backstory on the Martorano scoop.