In less than 24 hours, Johnny Depp went from “rumored to have met with Marvel about Doctor Strange” to “had an uneventful meeting with Marvel in the past,” so we’re handling this new development with gloves. Black Mass, the crime drama about former FBI Most Wanted criminal Whitey Bulger, has officially found itself a director now that Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper has entered negotiations to get this project up and running. What’s more, Depp reportedly once again in talks to play the crime boss at the center of the story. It would be a great time for someone to discover Bulger used a pair of scissorhands on some of his victims.
Depp joined the film almost a full year ago when Barry Levinson was attached to helm, but the actor exited the indie production because Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media thought it was ridiculous that the star wanted $23 million to play the part. Deadline doesn’t make it clear is possibly backing down in this matter, but it’s worth noting that Cooper will also be rewriting the screenplay that was originally penned by Mark Mallouk. Perhaps Cooper is budget-minded enough to keep his version costing $23 million less than the first.Read More