In December, A&E Networks is going to be taking on not just a classic pair of criminals but two major icons of cinema when its take on Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker is broadcast over two nights simultaneously on Lifetime, A&E and History. “Bonnie & Clyde” stars Holliday Grainger (“The Borgias”) and Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild”) as the infamous couple, and the four-hour scripted miniseries will air in two parts on December 8th and 9th. The idea that a series can serve the brands of all three networks at once is an odd one, but it is a tale of romance featuring historical figures also well known from the world of film, when they were played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in Arthur Penn’s 1967 film. Bruce Beresford (“Tender Mercies,” “Driving Miss Daisy”) is directing from a script by John Rice and Joe Batteer.
Check out the first trailer for the miniseries below — does it have promise, or the absence of? And before you answer, take a second to reflect on the fact that Miley Cyrus was originally cast as Parker, but dropped out in October of last year.