Distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the U.S. theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights to Joe Berlinger’s documentary Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger (pictured).
The film, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, is about Irish gangster Whitey Bulger and was produced by @radical.media for CNN Films. Magnolia will release it on demand and in theaters in June and it will air on U.S. cable net CNN later in the year.
“The filmmaking team worked very hard to gain unprecedented access, including to Bulger himself who has never before agreed to appear in any media,” Berlinger said in a statement.
Considered a Robin Hood figure in South Boston, the former mob boss was the subject of a 16-year manhunt. He was convicted of a series of killings and other crimes – many committed while he was an FBI informant – following a trial last summer.
Berlinger’s film examines his relationship with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice and features FBI agents, Massachusetts state police, victims, lawyers, gangsters, journalists, and federal prosecutors involved in the case.
Magnolia and CNN previously partnered to distribute Blackfish and Life Itself, the latter being a documentary about late film critic Roger Ebert that is set to be released this summer.