Neil Burger to Direct ‘Bonnie and Clyde?’

The Uncharted director turns his gaze towards a more historically-accurate take on the doomed lovers.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Neil Burger's a busy dude, following the success of his most recent film Limitless. In addition to directing the hot-hot-hot videogame property Uncharted, he's now lined up another high profile project: a remake (of sorts) of Bonnie and Clyde. Burger's take on the material comes from Jeff Guinn's recent book Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde. The adaptation will be written by Sheldon Turner, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of Up in the Air and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. (Guess which one got the nomination?)

Arthur Penn's 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde is widely recognized as an American classic, but historically accurate it was not. Penn's film, starring then-heartthrobs Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, thoroughly romanticized both the relationship and criminal exploits of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, two outlaws whose crime spree during the Great Depression made them famous across the world. Penn aged them up a bit (they died before they were even 22 years old, in real life) and turned their famous shoot-out deaths into quasi-martyrdom, implying that one or both criminals may have been unarmed at the time (which was not the case). Guinn's book takes a more supposedly-factual look at their story, which includes sexually abusive prison experiences and prostitution.

Burger isn't signed on to the project, but is, according to Deadline, in talks serious enough to be worth reporting. Take it as little more than a rumor until it's confirmed. If Burger does take the gig, it's unknown how quickly he could go into production, given his existing commitment to the potential blockbuster Uncharted.

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