Bonnie and Clyde, those legendary Depression-era outlaws immortalized in the iconic 1967 film starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty (or more recently in 2011 in the Broadway flop, Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical), are being given the miniseries treatment. Bonnie and Clyde, a two-part, four-hour miniseries starring Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) as Clyde and The Borgias’ Holliday Grainger as Bonnie, will air over two nights in December (the 8th and 9th ) in an unprecedented simulcast “event” on Lifetime, A& E, and The History Channel.
Perhaps in an effort to distance itself from the classic Arthur Penn film as well as to dispel any and all rumors of it being a remake, the TV-movie’s original title was Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive. Now, having weathered the departure of early Bonnie Parker front-runner, Miley Cyrus, and somehow having avoided the kind of Faye Dunaway shitstorm that befell a production company in 2009 when it announced Hannah Montana’s Hillary Duff was to pick up the Bonnie & Clyde mantle in a since-abandoned feature (Dunaway: “Couldn't they at least cast a real actress?”); Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive currently goes by the abbreviated title of Bonnie and Clyde, and promises to be a less-fictionalized account of the lives of the murderous, bank-robbing pair.
And on the topic of Oscars, the Bonnie and Clyde miniseries is directed by Oscar-nominated director, Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies), and co-stars Academy Award-winners Holly Hunter as Emma Parker and William Hurt as Texas ranger Frank Hamer. Bonnie and Clyde marks a reunion for Hunter and Hurt, who costarred in 1987s Broadcast News. Bonnie and Clyde is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Craig Zadan & Neil Meron of Smash and Chicago fame. And, as earlier stated, the networks, Lifetime, A& E, and The History Channel each is electing to temporarily deviate from its ever-expanding roster of unwatchable reality-TV programming to simultaneously broadcast Bonnie and Clyde: The miniseries over the course of two evenings: December 8 – 9, 9pm/8c each night.
To read about the classic 1967 film, Bonnie & Clyde, visit my website here: http://lecinemadreams.blogspot.com/2012/02/bonnie-clyde-1967.html