Wondering what's become of the movie based on "Black Mass," the book about Whitey Bulger by former Globies Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill? We are, too. In March, Jim Sheridan, the celebrated Irish director of such Oscar-nominated films as "In the Name of the Father" and "My Left Foot," was in town to scout locations, and there was talk of a summer shoot. But since then, there's been no word. Yesterday, blogger Sam Baltrusis of LoadedGunBoston.com reported that Sheridan may be pulling out of the project. Not so, says one of the film's backers, who told us Sheridan still has a hand in, but will likely direct "Dream House" starring Daniel Craig before coming to Boston make "Black Mass." In other movie news, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz will be in town soon to begin shooting a big-budget action comedy with director James Mangold. Previously titled "Wichita," the film is about an undercover agent who hooks up with a woman who's had only bad luck with men. Producers are in town now prepping for the shoot, which will include at least a few high-octane action sequences that will necessitate the closure of certain roads and bridges.
Update: A producer of the movie sent out an email today calling the report "(expletive)."
Caption: James "Whitey" Bulger
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