Sheldon Turner to script 'Bonnie & Clyde'
"Up in the Air" scribe Sheldon Turner is adapting Jeff Guinn's non-fiction tome "Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde," which "Limitless" helmer Neil Burger is in talks to direct.
Neil Burger is in talks to direct
Sean Furst and Bryan Furst are producing the pic along with financier Marissa McMahon of Kamala Films. McMahon, daughter-in-law of WWE honcho Vince McMahon, is paying for the book option and development.
Guinn is a journalist whose book chronicles two of America's legendary outlaws, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, as the young lovers rob banks throughout the Depression-era South, leaving at least seven bodies in their wake.
Parker and Barrow are the subjects of the upcoming Broadway musical "Bonnie & Clyde," which debuts this fall at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. Show just wrapped up a run at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Turner, who received an Oscar nom for co-writing "Up in the Air" with helmer Jason Reitman, is set to make his directorial debut with the thriller "By Virtue Fall," which QED Intl. is financing. Scribe recently received a story credit on 20th Century Fox's "X-Men: First Class."
Burger has taken advantage of the heat generated by "Limitless," having signed on to direct "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" for Sony.
Turner and Burger are repped by CAA.
Here’s the synopsis for Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde:
Journalist Guinn (Our Land Before We Die), in this intensely readable account, deromanticizes two of America’s most notorious outlaws (they were never… particularly competent crooks) without undermining the mystique of the Depression-era gunslingers. Clyde Barrow, a scrawny kid in poverty-stricken West Dallasin the late 1920s, stole chickens before moving on to cars, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Buck. In 1930, he met 19-year-old Bonnie Parker, and during the next four years Clyde, Bonnie and the ever-revolving members of the Barrow Gang robbed banks and armories all over the South, murdering at least seven people. Bonnie, who fancied herself a poet, wrote, Some day they’ll go down together, and they did, in a Louisiana ambush led by famed ex–Texas Ranger Frank Hamer. With the brisk pacing of a novel, Guinn’s richly detailed history will leave readers breathless until the final hail of bullets. [Amazon]