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New Movie Based on John Martorano

12/18/2008 12:01:00 AM
I liked "The Departed" - it was a great movie. Although, I liked the original Hong Kong movie that it was based on better (Infernal Affairs). Looks like we might be getting another mob movie courtesy of Graham King, the producer of The Departed.

Does the world need another Boston mob movie? Graham King thinks so. The producer of "The Departed" is making a movie based on the life and times of John Martorano, the onetime enforcer for James "Whitey" Bulger's Winter Hill Gang. Martorano was an executioner for the mob, killing 20 people over a decade. But when he learned that his associates, including Bulger, were government informants, Martorano flipped and began cooperating with the feds, exposing ties between the mob and the FBI's Boston office. A former altar boy and high school football star, Martorano ultimately served 12 years in prison. He was released in 2007. According to Variety, which first reported the movie deal, King met Martorano through Thomas B. Duffy, a former state police detective who was a technical consultant on "The Departed" and "Edge of Darkness," the Mel Gibson pic that just wrapped filming here. "When I first met John, I was struck by his unyielding sense of loyalty to those close to him," King told Variety. "John has had a complicated life and it will be a fascinating story to tell the world." Martorano turned 68 on Saturday and is living in the Boston area.

Should prove to be an interesting movie. And hopefully it'll be filmed locally. Now that Edge of Darkness has wrapped, we've got Bunker Hill in full swing, but no movies. I'm still waiting to hear news on J Lo's "The Governess." It should have started filming by now.

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.

Update 12/30/08 - More Martorano movie details (here)



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