Magnolia Acquires Whitey Bulger Documentary

Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger
 Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights to Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger, Joe Berlinger’s documentary about Boston gangster Whitey Bulger.

The film, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will be given a day-and-date theatrical and on-demand release in June, followed by a broadcast on CNN later in the year. Magnolia and CNN also partnered on the docs Blackfish and Life Itself, the upcoming film about Roger Ebert also being released this summer. Whitey was produced by RadicalMedia for CNN Films.

"Whitey is a jaw-dropping true crime epic — a real-life The Departed,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. and Cross Creek are moving forward with their planned feature film Black Mass, which will star Johnny Depp as Bulger and be directed by Scott Cooper.

The deal for Whitey was negotiated for Magnolia by senior vp acquisitions Dori Begley with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers and CNN Films.

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