Bonnie and Clyde have been dead for almost 80 years, but that hasn't stopped Hollywood from milking the outlaw lovebirds for juicy material for decades. Heck, projects about Bonnie Parker and Clyde have won Oscars and earned Tony nominations. Could an Emmy be next?
Quite possibly. The upcoming joint miniseries from A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime promises to be one of the best Bonnie and Clyde depictions yet.
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As seen in the trailer above, Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") and Emile Hirsch ("Into the Wild") play the titular couple in "Bonnie & Clyde," a two-night, four-hour miniseries (airing December 8-9) that will also star Oscar winner William Hurt as Frank Hamer, the Texas Ranger who tracked the deadly duo; Oscar winner (and Hurt's "Broadcast News" co-star) Holly Hunter as Bonnie's mother, Emma; "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland as Clyde's sister-in-law, Blanche Barrow; and "Prison Break" alum Lane Garrison as Clyde's brother, Buck Barrow.
The trailer of the A&E/History/Lifetime miniseries touches on the romantic aspects of the couple's relationship, which has added to their enduring folk hero status. "You don't mess with Bonnie and Clyde!" the gun-totin' Bonnie is shown warning during a bank robbery in one scene, while she dons lingerie for what appears to be a post-robbery celebration with Clyde in another.
"Bonnie and Clyde" is directed by Bruce Beresford, who directed "Driving Miss Daisy" and received an Oscar nomination for Best Director for "Tender Mercies."
The miniseries will air on all three cable networks simultaneously, at 9 p.m. each night.
Parker and Barrow, who were hunted down and killed by a posse of lawmen that included Hamer in Louisiana on May 23, 1934, committed a string of murders and robberies throughout middle America during the Great Depression. Even in pre-Twitter days, the couple became notorious for their crimes, thanks to oft-repeated tales of their violence and photos police shared with the public via newspapers (see above, a photo of the real-life couple near their Joplin, Missouri, hideout) and movie theater newsreels.
The cable miniseries is the latest in a long history of Hollywood's treatment of the outlaws, the most famous of which is the 1967 big-screen "Bonnie and Clyde" with Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty portraying the couple. The Oscar-winning flick, which also starred Gene Hackman as Buck and "The Dukes of Hazzard" star Denver Pyle as Hamer, earned "Roseanne" star Estelle Parsons a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Blanche.
The couple has also been the subject of
— A 1993 contemporary, teen-aimed retelling of the Bonnie-Clyde story, titled "Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde." A pre-"Party of Five" Scott Wolf played Clyde, a teen given to urges of pilfering, until he hooks up with police commissioner's daughter Bonnie ("7th Heaven" alum Maureen Flannigan) and major crime spree.
— A movie poster for the 1969 Elvis Presley movie "The Trouble With Girls," in which The King and co-star Marlyn Mason wore Bonnie and Clyde costumes.
— A 1992 TV movie, "Bonnie & Clyde: The True Story," that starred "Twin Peaks" alum Dana Ashbrook as Clyde and "Breaking Bad's" Uncle Jack (Michael Bowen) as Buck.
— Songs by Merle Haggard, Jay Z and Beyoncé, Belinda Carlisle, and Mel Tormé.
— A Tony-nominated Broadway musical, "Bonnie & Clyde," that ran for just four weeks in 2011.
— And "Beverly Hills, 90210" fans will, of course, remember "Halloween," the 1991 episode in which Brenda (Shannen Doherty) and Dylan (Luke Perry) donned Bonnie and Clyde costumes. Because, you know, they were rebels.
So, tell us, crime story fans: Is "Bonnie and Clyde" on your must-see-TV list for December? And how does the hot new couple compare to Hollywood's previous incarnations?