EXCLUSIVE: While Warner Bros. is working on its Ben Affleck/Matt Damon Whitey Bulger feature, another project about New England’s most notorious crime boss is coming together, this time in TV. Fox has put in development Street Soldier, an event series that has The Twilight Saga alum Peter Facinelli attached to play a lead and executive produce and Michael De Luca to executive produce. Street Soldier chronicles the life of boxer and drug dealer Eddie MacKenzie as an enforcer for Bulger and details how he was able to extricate himself from Whitey’s gang without getting killed. Larry Golin will write the script based on MacKenzie’s memoir Street Soldier: My Life As An Enforcer For Whitey Bulger And The Boston Irish Mob, co-penned by Phyllis Karas. De Luca, Golin and Facinelli will executive produce with Facinelli’s producing partner at A7SLE Films Rob DeFranco and Ted Mann (Hatfields & McCoys). A7SLE Films acquired Street Soldier several years ago and originally developed it as an indie feature.
Bulger remained a fugitive for 16 years until he was arrested in June in Santa Monica and was found guilty in August of 31 counts, including involvement in 11 murders. Facinelli is currently in business with Fox, recurring on its musical dramedy Glee, and also is a regular on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. He and Defranco are repped by APA, Intellectual Artists and attorney Barry Littman. Golin is with APA, Cory Concoff and Matt Johnson; Mann with APA and Tom Hoberman; De Luca with CAA and Gang Tyre.