A former “Seinfeld” writer is developing a comedy pilot based on longtime fugitive mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, reports TheWrap.com.
Writer Peter Mehlman has sold the pilot to Twentieth Century Fox, which is shopping the project. Bulger, who allegedly is responsible for 19 murders, was captured in June in Santa Monica after nearly 20 years on the run.
Mehlman’s show tracks a young couple who meet their new neighbor, who isn’t Bulger but is based on him. The couple remain unaware that their neighbor is a murderer, the piece notes.
"I can’t imagine how many times I walked past him," said Mehlman. "They had a dog and walked it in Palisades Park. I walked [my dog] Izzy there every night at sunset. I probably saw him 50 times — and he has 19 murders under his belt, allegedly."
Mehlman said his ideal casting for the Bulger character would be John Malkovich.