Tuesday, November 29, 2011
ABC telemovie starring Whitney Houston.
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is developing a miniseries about notorious 1930s bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde for A&E Networks and an ABC telemovie starring Whitney Houston.
Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive (4x60') promises to shed fresh light on the lives of the gangsters by focusing on reports published at the time of their crime spree that Clyde Barrow had 'second sight', allowing him to see events before they unfolded and allowing him to escape capture time after time.
Meanwhile, fame-hungry Bonnie Parker pushes her partner to commit increasingly daring raids.
"Arthur Penn's (1967) film is brilliant and we stand in awe of it," Helen Verno, SPT's executive VP for movies and miniseries, told C21.
"Stylistically this will be different and it will be new, and it will be interesting for people to see this and this will add to the body of knowledge about these folk."
SPT has begun casting for the series, which will air in 2012, though it has not yet been decided on which network A&E will broadcast the series.
Futhermore, SPT has signed up to produce a TV movie starring singer and actress Whitney Houston for US network ABC, though details of the script remain under wraps as the project is still in its infancy.
Bonnie and Clyde is the latest miniseries on SPT's slate. It is currently producing Hatfields and McCoys, exec-produced by Darrel Fetty, Leslie Grief and Herb Manas, about a legendary feud that lasted for generations between the rival families.
Kevin Coster and Tom Berringer will star in the six-hour series, which is being produced for History.
Bag of Bones, SPT's four-hour adaptation of Stephen King's thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Melissa George, is due to air next month on A&E. The series, about a man haunted by his wife's ghost, is exec-produced by Stewart Mackinnon, Mark Sennett, Craig Sheftell, and co-executive produced by David Davoli and Brian Gary.
Meanwhile, Ellen Berstyn, Geena Davis and Lauren Ambrose, have signed up to star in Coma, another four-hour series for A&E, exec-produced by Ridley Scott and David Zucker.
The story follows what happens when apparently healthy young patients go into a coma after routine surgery and a doctor discovers their organs have been harvested and sold on the black market.