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LIMITLESS Director Said to be Bringing New Version of Bonnie and Clyde story to Big Screen

Bonnie and Clyde Movie - Neil BurgerWe always knew that Arthur Penn and David Newman played wild and loose with the facts in the 1967 version of Bonnie and Clyde that starred Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman. It doesn't seem to matter much though as the movie is still a must-watch every time it comes across cable TV in reruns. Sometimes it's better to not let the truth get in the way of a good story.

But now Limitless director Neil Burger is set to bring the Bonnie and Clyde legend back in line with reality in a new version of the depression-era outlaw tale that will feature an adaptation by Sheldon Turner of Jeff Guinn's book, Go Down together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde. It won't be a remake of Penn's version however as Guinn's book paints a less romanticized version of the pair and features some little-known but supposedly true facts about the outlaw lovers, such as the suggestion that Bonnie Parker was a 22 year-old prostitute before hooking up with and eventually dying in a wall of lead with Barrow. Guinn also contends that the first person Barrow killed was a cellmate who sexually abused him repeatedly, and that Barrow steadfastly held onto a strong code of honor in which he always broke out of prison any lifer who took the rap for a killing. What an honorable man!

Having created a frenetic little sci-fi mind trip in Limitless, Burger is a solid choice to bring this new version to the screen, and if he can manage to hold true the book's description - which proclaims "Go Down Together has it all — true romance, rebellion against authority, bullets flying, cars crashing, and, in the end, a dramatic death at the hands of a celebrity lawman. This is the real story of Bonnie and Clyde and their troubled times, delivered with cinematic sweep by a masterful storyteller - this could unofficially become a grittier, nastier version of the tale that has the potential to become a reboot and starter-kit for a Bonnie and Clyde franchise. Wouldn't that be cool?

According to Deadline, the project is being financed by Marissa McMahon who is the daughter-in-law of WWE mogul Vince McMahon. Burger has not officially committed to the project as he's currently booked to helm Sony video game adaptation, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. But stay tuned.

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