September 20, 2011 / 10:15 PM / 7 years ago

Peter Mehlman's Whitey Bulger Comedy Purchased by Fox

A comedy based around recently apprehended mobster Whitey Bulger is one step closer to the small screen.

Fox has purchased a project from former "Seinfeld" writer-producer Peter Mehlman, about a young couple who unwittingly live next door to a murderer, Mehlman told TheWrap on Tuesday.

Though the half-hour, multiple-camera comedy will not literally feature Bulger (pictured at left) as a character, Mehlman told TheWrap in August that the pilot was inspired by the fact that Bulger, 82, was found living a life of leisure in Santa Monica, Calif., in June by the FBI after a decades-long manhunt.

"I can’t imagine how many times I walked past him," Mehlman said. "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 told TheWrap that John Malkovich is at the top of his dream-casting list for the role.

Bulger will also be the subject of a film from Brookstreet Pictures, based on the book "Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob." Peter Facinelli and Robert DeFranco are producing. Related Articles:  If Whitey Bulger Lived Next Door: Fox and 'Seinfeld' Writer Team on Sitcom Pilot (Exclusive) Martin Scorsese on Whitey Bulger and the Lure of the Bad Guy Whitey Bulger's Hollywood Connections Stretch from Scorsese Film to Daytime TV

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