The story of Bonnie and Clyde continues to intrigue and tempt Hollywood today, more than seventy-seven years after the death of the duo. The tale of Bonnie and Clyde, who are known for their love affair and murderous crime sprees, has just the right combination of illicit sex (the partners in crime were never married), violence, and adrenaline-pumping action for a film. Neil Burger will help bring a new version of their story to the screen by directing a film based on Jeff Guinn’s Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie & Clyde. The “Limitless” director will work with screenwriter Sheldon Turner, who is known for such works as “Up in the Air” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.”
There have been many attempts to translate the couple’s story through books, theater and film, with the most notable being Arthur Penn’s 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde” starring Warren Beatty and the beautiful Faye Dunaway. Though that version focused on the romance between Bonnie and Clyde, the new version is expected to be much more realistic, focusing on facts perhaps previously left quiet.
The famed outlaws gained attention during the early 1930s with their robberies and murders that included civilians and many law officers. Gathering a gang of followers, Bonnie and Clyde led a streak of terror across the country that finally ended in a dramatic spray of bullets with their deaths on May 23, 1934.
How will a new film on Bonnie and Clyde compare to the 1967 version? Should movie creators leave the classic alone?