Netflix's 'Highwaymen' prepping to shoot in New Orleans

January 9, 2018

Mike Scott, | The Times-Picayune

Netflix is preparing to shoot the Bonnie-and-Clyde crime drama "The Highwayman" in New Orleans, with Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner reportedly lined up to star in roles originally written for Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The long-gestating project, a feature film, is scheduled to shoot from Feb. 12 to April 10 in the Crescent City, according to paperwork filed by the production with the state film office.

Directed by John Lee Hancock ("The Blindside," "Saving Mr. Banks"), "The Highwaymen" will focus on two Texas rangers -- Frank Hamer and Manny Gault -- who helped put an end to the bloody Depression Era robbery spree of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow on May 23, 1934 in Bienville Parish.

No casting details were available.

The project, which is expected to shoot throughout the region -- including in Covington, LaPlace, Hammond, Baton Rouge and Donaldsonville -- is being made on a reported budget of $49 million. Of that, an estimated $34.8 million will be spent in-state, with $10.4 million earmarked for Louisiana payroll.

The film marks a return to Louisiana for Netflix, which shot the period drama "Mudbound" -- currently working its way through Hollywood's ongoing award season -- in the area. It'll also mark a return to town for Harrelson, whose local credits include "Now You See Me," "LBJ," "True Detective" and the forthcoming "Shock and Awe"; as well as for Costner, whose Louisiana credits include "JFK," "Mr. Brooks" and "Black or White."

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