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Johnny Depp drops out of Whitey Bulger biopic


Johnny Depp has reportedly dropped out of a planned biopic about notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.

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Depp was set to play the notorious Boston crime lord, who was at the top of the FBI's Most Wanted List for almost two decades, in Barry Levinson's upcoming film.

But, according to industry reports, producers had a hard time finding a buyer for the project at France's recent Cannes Film Festival, and asked Depp to take a $10 million pay cut to accommodate a new budget.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the veteran refused and now studio bosses are scrambling to find a replacement.

There are currently two other films about Bulger in the works -- Matt Damon is slated to portray the crime boss in a movie directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Peter Facinelli has secured the rights to adapt Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas' book "Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob" for a rival movie.

May 30, 2013 4:11PM
Three movies about the same guy? It's crazy how Hollywood works.
May 30, 2013 6:06PM
What % of total offered to play act was 10MILLION dollars?
At 50% he still gets 10 MILLION dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 30, 2013 5:00PM
I don't think someone of  Johnny Depps talent wants to play in what is basically a made for tv film. Someone find a role with some kind of meat to it instead  that is not simply a rehash of the super market scandal sheet .
May 30, 2013 9:12PM
Whitey's crew got the word to Johnny.
May 31, 2013 6:25AM
3 movies at the same time about the same piece of $h!t. Can they really not think of anything better to make a movie about?
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