The Boston Globe gets the scoop on what actors from that city are up to more consistently than any other news source - it's as if they have a Batphone that goes right to a special Beantown cell shared by Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Ben Affleck, or something. A month or so again, they were the first to report on all the Afflecks in Gone, Baby, Gone, and they're first again today with news about Wahlberg buying the movie rights to a Boston-based memoir. The book in question is Rat Bastards: The Life and Times of South Boston's Most Honorable Irish Mobster, which tells the story of John "Red" Shea, a Whitey Bulger associate who spent his 12 years in prison (on drug charges) as "a sort of 'gangster priest,' counseling men ten and twenty years his senior to stay strong and not to rat on their friends." That, at least, is what Wahlberg wrote in his introduction to the book, so it has to be true.

There's no mention in the article of what Wahlberg hopes to do with the rights, specifically if it's a project in which he'd like to star. (His reps also refused to confirm the story, but come on - it's the Globe! The know all.)

[via IGN]