Stalked: Verbinski's Black Hole, Sheridan's Black Mass
Gore Verbinski may direct Michael Gilio's Black Hole...
Jim Sheridan's Black Mass adaptation – Mobster and FBI informant Whitey Bulger...
Gore Verbinski may direct Michael Gilio's script entitled Black Hole which looks at the current fear that people have regarding the once trusted organisations that look after their money. The film tells the story of a rancher who decides to get involved in deal with his savings after receiving a sales phone call, the deal turns out to lose him everything. According to one of the producers through Variety:
“The script taps into the shaken trust the public has toward once-trusted institutions and examines how the people behind these institutions are sometimes themselves as much victims of the same blind trust...”
That may be, but the plot outline sounds more like he decides to get involved in a scam phone call, how that would show the institutions and those behind them I'm not sure as they don't tend to run scamming calls, and it doesn't suggest that those behind the organisations are going to be in the dark either.
Jim Sheridan is set to direct the script he co-wrote with Nye Heron which is based on Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob – a catchy title indeed – by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). The story looks into Whitey Bulger, a man who rose through the ranks of organised crime in Boston and built up the Winter Hill Gang who did everything from selling drugs to supplying weapons to the IRA. Bulger disappeared some fourteen years ago.
Amazingly he was helped by a friend who became an FBI Agent, John Connolly. According to Sheridan through Variety:
“This is a story of a corrupt system and about how an angry guy became the second most wanted man after Bin Laden...”
The story of Bulger and the gang are also being picked up by a producer from The Departed (Filmstalker review) , a film which itself is said to be modelled on the gang and their exploits (see previous article on The Departed criticised by Boston gang survivors), in a story about an ex-member of the gang John Martorano who murdered twenty people and turned FBI informant when he found out his bosses were informing too, a nice little retirement plan.