EXCLUSIVE: Limitless helmer Neil Burger is in talks to team up with screenwriter Sheldon Turner and producers Sean and Bryan Furst and Marissa McMahon to bring to the screen a new version of the Depression Era outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. Rights have been acquired by financier McMahon and her Kamala Films banner on Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, a book by Jeff Guinn published last year by Simon & Schuster. The book paints a less romanticized version than the 1967 Arthur Penn-directed film that starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. For one thing, the outlaws were just 22 when they were gunned down by a former Texas Ranger after they’d killed seven people. The first person Clyde Barrow killed was the cell mate who had sexually abused him repeatedly. Barrow had a strong code of honor: when a lifer in the prison took the rap for the killing, Barrow and his gang broke him out. The book also suggests that Bonnie Parker was a prostitute before joining up with and eventually going down in a hail of bullets with Barrow. The project’s financier, McMahon, is the wife of Shane McMahon, the son of the pro wrestling mogul Vince McMahon. Burger’s not committed. He’s booked to next direct Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the Sony Pictures adaptation of the video game. Turner will write the script before directing By Virtue Fall with financing from QED later this year. CAA reps Burger and Turner.
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