Kevin Costner And Woody Harrelson Eye Highwaymen

Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson

by James White |
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Sometimes movies get lost on the way to screen, bogged down in the mire of development hell or waylaid by bad luck. One of the more interesting ones might finally be making its way out of a dead end, as Netflix is looking to rescue Highwaymen, targeting Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as potential stars.

The story of legendary lawmen Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, veteran Texas Rangers who led the hunt for notorious Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Though they'd hung up their badges by the time of the duo's crime spree, the men were coaxed back by bank owners and commissioned as special investigators to assemble a posse.

While it does sound like an enticing prospect for a movie, there are a few hurdles to clear first. This is a film that people have been trying for years to make, with Robert Redford and the late Paul Newman attached at one point, and Costner and Harrelson are still only in early talks. Plus, according to Deadline, Netflix will have to wrangle the rights from Universal, where the movie was last set up four years ago. Still, the company has John Lee Hancock on board to direct, and he's re-written a script originated by John Fusco. We'll see if it all comes together.

Costner will next appear in Molly's Game, out on 19 January next year. Harrelson is on screens now in Wilson and has War For The Planet Of The Apes arriving on 11 July.

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