Simon "127 HOURS" Beaufoy Adapting LA Werewolf Gang Novel, Danny Boyle To Direct?
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Feb. 6, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST
My what SHARP TEETH you have, Danny Boyle!
Feb. 6, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST
I'd like to see Boyle tackle The Four Quartets after this...heh-heh...
Feb. 6, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST
At least it sounds a little different. I just hope it's not the same theme disguised as a gang movie. Every other werewolf movie is the same theme. Newbie gets bit, turns into werewolf, kills some randoms, wakes up the next day surprised, figures out who the big bad wolf is, turns into werewolf, kills bad wolf, and dies at the end. Ho hum. Just like this video here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ3T_MgtBvo
Feb. 6, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST
by SID 8.0
They were shapeshifters, cousins to the werewolf.
Feb. 6, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST
It's a comedy right? Is Snoop in it. And people keep saying werewolves. They're dogs. Actually I would see this if there is a scene were some thug is busting caps then transforms in a toy poodle a pees on the guy he just killed. And they have to talk while in dog form.
Feb. 6, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST
voiced precociously by Cheech or george lopez?
Feb. 6, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST
Aside from the fact that it takes place in an urban environment. Wolfen was about hyper-intelligent wolves that have lived secretly alongside mankind for centuries. This is a crime novel about shape-changers. They have nothing in common.
Feb. 6, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST
Granted, I haven't seen it since I was a child and even then I never saw all of it.
Feb. 6, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST
Just a hyper-intelligent canine race descended from wolves. Albert Finney discovers that they've been feeding on homeless transients and such. There was some Native American nonsense thrown in for good measure. It's not a bad film, but it kinda bogs down in the second half. I vaguely recall the book being better.
Feb. 6, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST
I've read the book and interviewed the author for NPR. I think this is a good match of tone and content. "Sharp Teeth" is called an "epic" because it is in fact written as an epic poem, in blank verse, with lots of hard-boiled mystery Homeric flourishes. There is humor, but no camp, period. Forget that, and Boyle doesn't really do camp either, so that makes sense. If done right, it will *seem* like a cinematic cross between Heat and The Wolfen, remembering of course that the movie The Wolfen has little to do with the book. (I wish they'd done Strieber's novel, instead of what showed up on screen.) "Sharp Teeth" truly has an epic crime novel feel, like Heat, and the "werewolves" shape-shift into large wolf-like dogs, not (as much as I love them) Rick Baker-like monsters. Here's a link to the book review: http://snipurl.com/1ze2op Here's a link to a long-form interview with the author: http://snipurl.com/1ze3wi Here's a link to the NPR piece about the book and author, which includes comments from his editor, a very famous and smart woman: http://snipurl.com/1ze4eg Sorry to inject facts and grammar into this discussion. I'd be shocked if it survives long.
Feb. 6, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST
...gives pause for thought: How come there isn't a dedicated book column on this site?
Feb. 6, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST
I'll check it out. I mean, has he made a bad movie yet? And I don't mean a flawed movie or an okay movie. I mean a real stinker. I don't think so. He's pretty reliable in my book.
Feb. 6, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST
FURRIERS! COME OUT TO PLAYAY! <p> FURRRIERS!!! COME OUT TO PLAYAYYY!!! <p> FURRIERRRRRRS!!!! COME OUT TO PLAAAYAYYYYYY!!!
Feb. 6, 2011, noon CST
their seedy territories, engaging in cold-blooded machinations to further their gangland empires, ... but on the full moon, they transform into dogs, then just kinda forget all the human stuff, lying around, licking their own balls. These scenes will probably be shortened for the movie version.
Feb. 6, 2011, 1 p.m. CST
Can we ever hope for more Boyle/Garland flicks?
Feb. 6, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST
Haven't seen that film since I was a nipper back in the late seventies.
Feb. 6, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST
Haven't seen that since I was a wee yin either.
Feb. 6, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST
by Ben Addiction
What made the book interesting was how the descriptions of the characters shifted subtly so that they seemed both human and dog simultaneously. Unfortunately, in a film you have to pick if you are going to show one or the other, so that will be lost. Then it's just a sorta lame gang thriller.
Feb. 6, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST
But then, it's more of an LA noir with angels and demons. Great book though.
Feb. 6, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST
Sandman Slim was a GREAT read!! I read Sharp Teeth and, to be honest, the best thing about it is the fact that it's more of an epic poem than a proper novel. That and the book looks nice. Sandman Slim kicked all kinds of ass - Hellblazer meets Raymond Chandler. Groovy stuff.
Feb. 7, 2011, 2:34 a.m. CST
It would take a decent script to adapt this story, which is written in a very lyrical, flowing style. In anyone elses hands it would literally be a dogs dinner, but Simon Beaufoy will hopefully deliver, and Donny Boyle will take care of the visuals very well, he knows his stuff and can adapt to any genre. I hope this comes off, I'm drooling in anticipation!
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