Wayne Kramer to Helm Film About Gangster Pretty Boy Floyd

June 25, 2010
Source: Risky Biz

Pretty Boy Floyd

Though many crime thrillers are simply slightly different variations on familiar stories about undercover or corrupt cops and the diabolical criminals they pursue, audiences usually can't get enough of them. Recently audiences went back in time with Public Enemies, the period crime thriller about John Dillinger played by Johnny Depp. Now Risky Biz reports that writer/director Wayne Kramer (The Cooler, Running Scared) will bring us the story of another infamous gangster from the past with Pretty Boy Floyd, a crime thriller focusing on Charles Arthur Floyd, a gangster whose crime wave swept across the Midwest in the 20s & 30s.

Written by Kevin Bernhardt, the story follows the criminal who became known as "The Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills" as he committed bank robbery, highway robbery and may have been involved in The Kansas City Massacre, a gunfight that resulted in the death of four police officers. While the death of any person is a tragic loss, especially those brave enough to wear the shield, to call that event a "massacre" kind of screams hyperbole. Either way, the story doesn't set out to glorify the life of crime as Kramer explains his approach:

"My approach is to bring 21st century style and energy to Kevin Bernhardt’s meticulously researched screenplay without sacrificing the verisimilitude of the period or over-sensationalizing the characters themselves. At the heart of 'Pretty Boy Floyd' is a great love story about an outlaw on the run who can’t stay away from the woman he loves, no matter how destructive the relationship is for both of them -- which ultimately leads to his demise."

Sounds a little too similar to Public Enemies (Channing Tatum portrayed Floyd in that flick), although I was never really sold on the poorly developed romance between Dillinger and Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard) so maybe Kramer will get a better grasp on the love story. And I'm especially on board if he stays true to his intentions to avoid sensationalism and the glorification of the world of crime. I know an old film professor of mine who just wouldn't be very pleased if I didn't scrutinize a film based around organized crime or the mafia that adhered to all the cliches that usually cause frat boys to put up Scarface posters on their walls.

GoodFellas is one of those movies that approaches the life of crime with realism, complete with all the fear, paranoia and lack of sanity that comes with it. While hoping for a Scorsese caliber film is shooting for the moon, having enjoyed The Cooler quite a bit, I'm interested to see if Kramer can craft a similar film around a famous gangster from the past like Pretty Boy Floyd. After all, there's certainly no happy ending for Floyd anyway since he met his end in 1934 at only 30 years old. Do you guys like the sounds of this project?

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I discovered Wayne Kramer just last year and watched Running Scared, The Cooler, Crossing Over, and Mindhunters all in a row and I have a great deal of respect for the man. I really hope he delivers on what he's promising here because like you said, period centric crime thrillers can get a bit cliched. I have a lot of faith in him though and will definitely be keeping an eye on this project.

peloquin on Jun 25, 2010


Awesome i love the MC5.

Me on Jun 26, 2010


I like the sound of this, I enjoyed Public Enemies and I think it would be great to see these two films run into each other. Get Christian Bale to play Melvin Purvis again and get Channing Tatum to play Floyd and lets see what happened before the first scene in Public Enemies.

Kaiser on Jun 26, 2010


we already know how its going to end thanks to public enemies hahahahahaha

Darren on Jun 26, 2010


I'd be interested to see this. I love the folk song. 'Some men rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen...' Weird the men that rob you with the fountain pen are never gunned down.

Crapola on Jun 26, 2010


Why is your website so fucked up again lately?

Conrad on Jun 27, 2010

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