FOX is bringing Boston mobster Whitey Bulger to the small screen. The network is developing a limited series about New England's most notorious crime boss with Peter Facinelli on board to take a lead role.
Titled "Street Soldier", the event series is based on the book "Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer" by former boxer and drug dealer Eddie MacKenzie, who was a member of Bulger's gang.
The logline reads, "The story follows Eddie Mackenzie's life as an enforcer for the notorious crime boss Whitey Bulger and details how he was able to extricate himself from Whitey's gang without getting himself killed."
Facinelli, known for his portrayal of Dr. Carlisle Cullen in "Twilight" film series and Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper on "Nurse Jackie", will team up with Michael De Luca, Larry Golin, Rob DeFranco and Ted Mann to executive produce "Street Soldier". Golin will also write the script.
Bulger ran Boston organized crime in the 1970s and '80s. He remained a fugitive for 16 years until he was arrested in June 2011 in Santa Monica. He was found guilty in August this year on 31 counts, including involvement in 11 murders.
A feature film about Bulger is currently in the works at Warner Bros. with Ben Affleck attached to direct and Matt Damon to star.