Boyle and Beaufoy Working on Werewolf Gang Story 'Sharp Teeth'?
The duo have already had great praise and success from audiences and critics alike with their work on 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire, but now screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and director Danny Boyle might be starting a gang. No, they're not going to run around with bandanas and guns, but Beaufoy did tell BBC's Anglophenia he's in the midst of adapting Toby Barlow's book Sharp Teeth, a story set in gangland Los Angeles. But it's no coincidence the gangs at the center of the story prowl the city like packs of dogs because they're actually werewolves who can change their form at will and have a plan to take over LA. Awesome!
In Contention also adds that the story is a lot like Boyz N the Hood if the ruthless gang from that gritty story could turn into fierce beasts. Seems like a throwback to films like The Lost Boys, but with a little more edge, but here's the official synopsis of the book for a better idea of the story:
Ruled by competing packs of werewolves, the seedy underside of LA is far stranger than anyone ever imagined. Lycanthropes hire themselves out as hit men and pushers, both driving and feeding off the criminal world. At the center of the story is Anthony Silvo, a self-professed loner and dogcatcher who falls in love with a mysterious woman; she leads a second life as a werewolf and works for Lark, the leader of the most dangerous werewolf pack on the streets. Her growing relationship with Anthony causes her to regret the wild choices of her past and seek out a new life. Meanwhile, Lark suspects that competing packs of lycanthropes are after his power and he prepares for a massive, citywide conflict. Other subplots include a detective's investigations into werewolf-related murders and a comic bridge tournament that might have ties to the LA drug trade.
Apparently Beaufoy has been taking part in some ride-alongs with Los Angeles police officers and it's really informing him and the story. Beaufoy says, "It's brilliant seeing a different part of LA. When you're involved with the movie industry and you go to awards ceremonies you miss out on what 90 per cent of what LA is, which is hard-working people, lots of unemployment, lots of really difficult social issues." Obviously none of them are werewolves (as far as we know), but gangland Los Angeles is a far cry from Hollywood.
As for Boyle's involvement with the project, Beaufoy says, "If I write it well enough, he'll direct it." It's not exactly an official collaboration announcement by any means, but the writer also says, "we love working with each other - and we all somehow find ways to get the best out of each other." I'm willing to bet these two can inject some new life into werewolves with this unique story, and that's saying something considering all the dreadful stories using lycanthropes today. It also might be a sign that Boyle's dabbling with horror on-stage, as he directed a production of Frankenstein which just started previews in London. What do you guys think?