Neil Burger attached to new version of “Bonnie and Clyde.”


Neil Burger is certainly enjoying the success of Limitless, having recently signed on to direct Sony’s Uncharted adaptation in the wake of David O. Russell’s departure.  Now Variety reports that Burger is in talks to direct another adaptation, this time for the non-fiction title Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn.  The cook chronicles Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker’s infamous crime spree through the Depression-era South, leaving a trail of bodies and empty bank vaults in their wake.

The adaptation is being handled by Sheldon Turner, the Oscar-nominated scribe who penned Up in the Air, and who most recently received a story credit for X-Men: First Class.

Book synopsis from Publishers Weekly:

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.