One of my favorite documentaries last year was Crazy Love, about a New York couple named Burt and Linda who have been together off and on for 50 years despite some serious setbacks, e.g., the time Burt hired a man to throw lye in Linda's face and blind her. These are people who should hate each other -- she for the way he physically harmed her, he for the way she nags and pesters him now -- and yet they are in love. And yet I, a normal person, remain single. Life is bizarre and unfair, that's the message I got from the film.

Crazy Love did well enough for a doc, but of course a non-doc would reach wider audiences. So now Variety reports that the doc's director, Dan Klores, will make his narrative debut writing and directing a fictionalized version of the story for HBO Films. There's no announcement yet on whether it will premiere on HBO or open theatrically, but either one is a possibility. Crazy Love premiered at Sundance, as have many other HBO Films productions, and sometimes the level of success on the festival circuit determines whether it goes to theaters or straight to cable from there.

My only qualm about a fictionalized version of the story is that the stranger-than-fiction twists and turns are what made the documentary so compelling. Some of the things that happened (the lye in the face barely scratches the surface) are so crazy you'd never believe them otherwise. In a fictionalized version, the audience won't know what's real and what came from Klores' creative license. This might be a case where the true story is better than anything a screenwriter could come up with. On the plus side, a remake lends itself to so many great potential titles: Don't Lye to Me; Lye Another Day; Love Is Blind (and If It Isn't I'll Throw Lye in Your Face) -- the list goes on and on.
CATEGORIES Movies, Cinematical