Whitey: The United States of America V. James J Bulger has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures for US theatrical, VOD, and home entertainment release. The documentary about South Boston’s infamous gangster was directed by Joe Berlinger (the Paradise Lost films). “The filmmaking team worked very hard to gain unprecedented access, including to Bulger himself who has never before agreed to appear in any media, so we are especially delighted to be partnering with the two companies — Magnolia and CNN — that know how to reach the widest possible audience,” said Berlinger.
Magnolia Pictures is planning a June release in theaters and VOD followed later this year by a screening on CNN.
“Whitey is a jaw-dropping true crime epic—a real life The Departed,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “As longtime admirers of Joe Berlinger’s films, we’re excited to be working together on this rigorous, thoroughly entertaining and tough-as-nails film.”
“Whitey is a riveting portrait of arguably the most notorious gangster in modern times — we couldn’t be more pleased to see the film reach a broader audience, and to re-team with Magnolia Pictures, as we did so successfully for Blackfish,” added Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president for development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.
Infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger wielded a mystique as the Robin Hood of South Boston, his legend captured the imagination of the entire country even as he terrorized a city with mayhem and brutal violence with apparent impunity. Separating the man from the myth, this riveting documentary challenges conventional wisdom by detailing shocking new allegations about law enforcement complicity that will shock even those familiar with the case.
Source: Magnolia Pictures
-Posted by Rebecca Murray
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