Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson will play the men who killed Bonnie and Clyde, Netflix has confirmed.
The film, directed by John Lee Hancock, has been in the works a long time, dating back to a point where Paul Newman and Robert Redford were attached to it. Last summer, Deadline reported that talks were afoot between Netflix and Universal about the project, with Costner and Harrelson lined up to play Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and ex-partner Maney Gault. Now, the same site has confirmed that the pair will play the duo who took down a partnership far more iconic than theirs.
The Highwaymen is written by John Fusco, Scott Frank and Hancock, and will tell the historic events from a new perspective, as the former lawmen were brought out of retirement by a consortium of banks to gather up a team and stop Bonnie and Clyde’s run of robberies and murders.
The project is produced by Casey Silver and his Casey Silver Productions, with Michael Malone, Costner, Rod Lake, and Harrelson on exec-producer duties. The main cast also includes Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, Kim Dickens, Thomas Mann and William Sadler. Filming has now begun in Louisiana.
Kevin Costner’s Highwaymen heading to Netflix?
22nd June 2017
Kevin Costner may be on his way to Netflix, as talks are underway for the streaming service to be home to his new project.
Highwaymen, a drama that would see him tracking down Bonnie and Clyde, is reportedly the subject of new negotiations between Netflix and Universal Pictures, where it was once in play four years ago. Indeed, the project has been in the pipeline for some time, reports Deadline, with Paul Newman and Robert Redford once set to take the lead roles of the two lawmen who hunted down the iconic Depression-era outlaws. Time has marched on, though, and so the project is looking to be reborn at Netflix, with Costner and Woody Harrelson instead playing the Texas Ranger duo.
Costner would play Frank Hamer, with Harrelson playing Manny Gault, both veterans who were out of the Rangers by the time Bonnie and Clyde’s spree began, but were commissioned as special investigators by banks wanting to bring them in.
Bonnie and Clyde are, of course, no stranger to the silver screen, with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway bringing them to live in the 1967 classic. Highwaymen will tell a different side of that story. The project was originally written by John Fusco, but has since been reworked by John Lee Hancock, who is also attached to the project as director. Hancock has history with fact-based dramas, with a CV that includes The Founder, The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks.
Casey Silver, who has been with the picture for all these years, is still attached as producer.