Director News: Neil Burger, Umbrella Academy and Chuck Palahniuk's 'Invisible Monsters'

Director News: Neil Burger, Umbrella Academy and Chuck Palahniuk's 'Invisible Monsters'

Jul 26, 2011

Limitless director Neil Burger – who is currently lined up to direct the videogame vehicle Uncharted -- is in talks to lead an adaptation of Jeff Guinn's non-fiction tale, Go Down Together, about Great Depression gangsters Bonnie and Clyde. Up in the Air scribe Sheldon Turner is writing the screen chronicle of America's criminal couple. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway transformed Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker's real-life story into iconic characters for Arthur Penn's 1967 film. With Guinn's book being based in gritty reality -- removing the romantic and folkloric touches that Hollywood has always treated the tale to -- it will be interesting to see what Burger and company do with the origin story. Bonnie and Clyde terrorized the Midwest by robbing banks and shooting up everyone in their path, but eventually fell prey to Louisiana gunfire in 1934. [via: Variety]

Umbrella AcademyRawson Thurber – best known for directing Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story – is being hired by Universal to rewrite the adaptation of The Umbrella Academy. The Dark Horse comic is written by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way and tells the tale of an dysfunctional family of superheroes who are reunited after their adoptive father dies. Daddy happens to have been an alien disguised as a rich guy, but his real legacy is that he trained his ragtag team of sons and daughters to save the world. Dark Horse fans also have the Robert Schwentke adaptation of R.I.P.D. – about a group of dead law enforcement officials – starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges to look forward to, but how does another superhero twist sit with you? [via: Deadline]

Invisible MonstersChuck Palahniuk's 1999 novel Invisible Monsters has been an adaptation in the making for years, but no one was able to get the ball rolling until Cameron MacLaren came along and secured the rights to the popular novel. The story – which is a whirlwind of revolving identities and non-linear memories stemming from a disfigured fashion model and other colorful characters – now has a director. Samir Rehem has mostly had his hands in the TV world with Degrassi: The Next Generation, and MTV's Skins. Slash Film reports that the producer has announced he's spent nearly two years on the rewrite, while taking notes from the author to stay faithful to his story and see "how it could differ in order to stylize it for a visual medium." While the rules of Fight Club have been ingrained in everyone's cinematic memory, Palahniuk's other screen story Choke didn't fare so well critically or at the box office. Still, it could be exciting to see new, indie talent take on a twisted story like this. Are you hopeful? [via: /Film]

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