Nobody ever went broke underestimating the creativity and originality in Hollywood.
This season alone has seen multiple projects based on Tumblr blogs, Charles Dickens novels, and the 1980s. Now we can add multiple Bonnie & Clyde projects to the list, as FOX has put into development a modern-day spin on the Depression-era bank-robbing couple.
Described as a serialized drama about two sexy lovers from struggling families in East Texas, the show would depict the young couple pairing up and using their respective skill sets to take their slice of the pie, one crime at a time. As they capture the hearts of a nation facing similar economic hardships, the contemporary Bonnie and Clyde become worldwide celebrities, triggering one of the biggest domestic manhunts in American history and inspiring a rash of copycat activity across the country.
Swept up in the dashing duo's crime spree, their families—the Parkers and the Barrows—are torn apart and ultimately become divided over whether to join the rebellion or try to stop them. Currently untitled, the project will be written and executive produced by Ryan Tavlin (Without A Trace).
Another "criminals as media celebrities" take on the old story of Bonnie & Clyde, with a pinch of Robin Hood to make it safe for viewers? I find it cynical and slightly irresponsible for the producers of these projects to seize on the current economic problems and glamorize the idea of turning to a life of crime to combat poverty. Natural Born Killers said it all twenty years ago and I doubt this FOX drama will add much of substance.