Lifetime and History are surrounding the leads of their four-hour Bonnie & Clyde miniseries with top-caliber talent. Oscar winners Holly Hunter and William Hurt are set to co-star in the project, directed by Oscar-nominated helmer Bruce Beresford and produced by Sony Pictures TV and Craig Zadan and Meron’s Storyline Entertainment. This marks a reunion for the actors who starred together in James L. Brooks’ 1987 movie Broadcast News.
Written by John Rice and Joe Batteer, the mini is based on the true story of bank robbing couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow whose roles are still casting. Hunter will play Bonnie’s mother Emma Parker. After Emma’s husband died when Bonnie was only four, Emma moved with her three children to Dallas to find work as a seamstress. Hurt will play Frank Hamer, the Texas ranger credited with tracking down and killing Bonnie and Clyde. Originally set up at History, Bonnie & Clyde will now air simultaneously on two A+E Networks, the male-driven History and female-focused Lifetime, which has taken lead on the mini’s production. Both Hunter and Hurt have received four Oscar nominations, winning once — for The Piano and Kiss Of The Spider Woman, respectively.