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Fox Builds 'The George Clooney Manifesto' For Comedy Series & Bets On Contemporary 'Bonnie and Clyde' TV Update

The Playlist By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist October 15, 2012 at 6:03PM

If a personal philosophy leads to a star persona, actor George Clooney remains not the worst choice among many as the main figurehead around which to base a story. Or at least that's the thinking behind Mark Waters' (“Mean Girls,” “Freaky Friday”) newest TV comedy in development, while elsewhere the Bonnie and Clyde legend gets a series update from Fox.
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If a personal philosophy leads to a star persona, actor George Clooney remains not the worst choice among many as the main figurehead around which to base a story. Or at least that's the thinking behind Mark Waters' (“Mean Girls,” “Freaky Friday”) newest TV comedy in development, while elsewhere the Bonnie and Clyde legend gets a series update from Fox.

Executive-produced by Waters alongside writer Annie Hendy (“The Catholic Girl's Guide To Losing Your Virginity”), “The George Clooney Manifesto” explores exactly that, as a young woman turns to the actor's being as a means to live life to the fullest, after dating double standards push her to the brink of despair. Last seen in the TV world directing the CBS pilot “Made in Jersey,” Waters will do the same with 'Manifesto' for 20th Century Fox, bringing together an as-yet-unconfirmed cast to bring the show to life.

Speaking of star worship, with both an indie film and four-hour Lifetime/History Channel miniseries being mounted about the pair, Fox have decided to go ahead with a contemporary reboot of Depression-era bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. Written and exec-produced by Ryan Tavlin (“Without a Trace”), the untitled series will follow the two young lovers from East Texas families who grow to capture the hearts of the nation through their crime-ridden exploits. One-Two Punch Productions, who also have the NBC drama “Vanishing Point” with Angela Bassett brewing, are producing.

While Miley Cyrus tiptoed closer towards the miniseries version before promptly dropping out, it's uncertain if Fox will go for a lesser-known cast with their series, but if it at all continues the trend that Hilary Duff started when rumors flew about her last year, look for another former child star to circle this version before jumping ship soon. [Deadline]


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