A new Bonnie and Clyde movie from writer/director Tonya S. Holly has been in the works for a while now. It seemed like smooth sailing for the project, because not only does it have a strong Hollywood legacy to build off of because of 1967’s Bonnie & Clyde starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, it also had a known star attached with Hilary Duff signed on to play Bonnie Parker. A remake and a famous face? That’s as good as gold in executive eyes. But these days things don’t seem to be so sure.
Joining Duff as Clyde Barrow was going to be Gossip Girl and Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch actor Kevin Zegers, but due to scheduling conflicts, both Duff and Zegers have had to drop out of the film. Okay, so maybe the loss of Duff hurts a bit more, but you get the point. This movie has gone from a surefire hit to a big question mark, and all because of scheduling problems. So why couldn’t the people in charge jostle around the schedule and make this work? A joint statement from Holly and producer Tom Rogers said, “Due to our obligations with investors and international buyers, it is imperative that we stick to our current schedule. Therefore we are forced to explore other options for the two lead roles. Unfortunately this happens all the time in the world of filmmaking.” Ah, good old bureaucratic red tape sabotaging things that would be in its best interest to work. A tale as old as time.
Never fear though, that dozenth or so retelling of the Bonnie and Clyde story that you’ve been clamoring for is still happening. According to THR, Holly and company have already lined up a replacement for Duff, True Blood actress Lindsay Pulsipher. Not having cable, my reaction is forced to be a resounding, “who?” But I know that True Blood is a really popular show, and this young lady likely has many supporters, so this might not be bad news after all.
The director, at least, seems to be happy with the choice. Holly said of her new leading lady, “We are thrilled to welcome Lindsay Pulsipher as Bonnie Parker in The Story of Bonnie and Clyde. Lindsay will undoubtedly bring many layers to this critical role.” What say you, True Blood fans? Does this girl have the chops to pull it off, or is this just lip service from a woman trying to pick up the pieces after losing her grip on the Duff?