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.