Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attends the 16th Annual Critics...

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attends the 16th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium.(Oct. 24, 2011)

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon -- who starred in and shared a screenwriting Oscar for "Good Will Hunting" (1997) but have not appeared together in a film since Kevin Smith's "Dogma" (1999) -- are reuniting for a movie about Beantown gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.

"Matt and I have been looking for something to do together for some time," Affleck, who grew up in Cambridge, Mass., told "We've heard about Whitey Bulger since we were kids, and we are excited by the prospect of putting it on screen."

Damon, who grew up in Boston, said he will star as Bulger, who spent 12 years on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List until his arrest in June at age 81. Affleck is scheduled to direct, and "The Sopranos" and "Boardwalk Empire" executive producer Terence Winter will write the screenplay.

Given Bulger's lengthy life and career, the filmmakers are not sure what form the movie will take. "t's always a question of what part of the story do you tell, and biopics are always a little cumbersome," Damon said. "We're still figuring it out."

Jack Nicholson had played a Bulger-like character opposite Damon in director Martin Scorsese's best picture winner "The Departed" (2006).

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