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Magnolia Pictures has announced that they will handle the theatrical, VOD, and home entertainment release for Whitey: The United States of America V. James J Bulger, a documentary about Irish gangster Whitey Bulgar.
Infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger wielded a mystique as the Robin Hood of South Boston, his legend captured the imagination of the entire country even as he terrorized a city with mayhem and brutal violence with apparent impunity. Separating the man from the myth, this riveting documentary challenges conventional wisdom by detailing shocking new allegations about law enforcement complicity that will shock even those familiar with the case.
Magnolia will release the film in June, followed by a boradcast on CNN later this year.
“Whitey is a jaw-dropping true crime epic—a real life The Departed,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “As longtime admirers of Joe Berlinger’s films, we’re excited to be working together on this rigorous, thoroughly entertaining and tough-as-nails film.”
“The filmmaking team worked very hard to gain unprecedented access, including to Bulger himself who has never beforeagreed to appear in any media, so we are especially delighted to be partnering with the two companies — Magnolia and CNN — that know how to reach the widest possible audience,” said filmmaker Joe Berlinger.
“Whitey is a riveting portrait of arguably the most notorious gangster in modern times — we couldn’t be more pleased to see the film reach a broader audience, and to re-team with Magnolia Pictures, as we did so successfully for BLACKFISH,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president for development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.
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