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Boyle and Beaufoy and werewolves, oh my

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 11:03 pm · February 4th, 2011

The best part of this evening for me wasn’t Aaron Sorkin and Ben Mezrich winning an award for “the best adaptation of the printed word into film” (for a work that is debatable as an adaptation in the first place).  It was probably talking with finalist Simon Beaufoy about his latest script.

Some of this has made the rounds in the UK, but apparently it’s a werewolves-in-gangland-LA script adapted from an epic poem, “Sharp Teeth,” about same from Toby Barlow.  Seriously.  Picture “Boyz N the Hood” where Doughboy and his crew turn into savage dogs at night.  And it’s a potential project for Danny Boyle to direct.

Beaufoy told me about ride-alongs he has taken with LAPD officers in Compton and Watts in the way of preparation.  As a screenwriter, he says he prefers to observe quietly, but the cops he was riding with would insist, quite comically (as he describes it), on perpetrators spending a couple of minutes chatting with him at every bust.

Oddly enough, I took part in a ride-along once, in film school, for a screenwriting assignment.  So it was fascinating to hear some of the stories he had to tell.  But most fascinating is just this overall concept, which sounds like a — forgive me — howl.

Anyway, if you missed the Tweeted news, as mentioned, Aaron Sorkin and Ben Mezrich won the Scripter at tonight’s ceremony.  No one involved with “True Grit” or “The Ghost Writer” was present (though it would have been awesome if Charles Portis had shown up).  And Dennis Lehane couldn’t even be bothered to show up and accept the Literary Achievement honor that was announced months ago.  But it was, as usual, a classy evening, and it remains one of my favorite honors of the awards season.  Even if they potentially got a bit off message with this year’s winner.

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  • 1 2-04-2011 at 11:27 pm

    Zac Oldenburg said...

    Very, very excited for this. The material is fantastic though I kept asking myself how the he’ll could they make this into a film while reading it.
    Still Boyle is about as good a fit as possible to bring some outside of the box thinking to a film full of a lot of dogs running around for the majority of the film.
    Can not wait!

  • 2 2-05-2011 at 2:21 am

    Samuel said...

    I’d just like to say that I agree that Sorkin’s screenplay is barely an adaptation. It seems to me that the adapted/original categories need some work. I mean, screenplays about well-documented historical events and people get to go in the original category (Milk and The King’s Speech for example) while completely original stories using fictional characters that have appeared in other things are lumped in with adapted (In The Loop and Toy Story 3 are good examples of that).

    Doesn’t makes sense. Nor is this really on topic.

    As you were.

  • 3 2-05-2011 at 2:34 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    It may not be “on topic,” Samuel, but it’s a damn good point and I’ve been confused about the categorization for a while. I’m not even sure how I’d personally classify The Social Network if I had the power to do so.

  • 4 2-05-2011 at 3:55 am

    Graysmith said...

    Lazy.

  • 5 2-05-2011 at 6:14 am

    Joe C said...

    In other news…what’s up with Melissa Leo’s FYC ads that she did for herself? Leo has been notoriously self centered and bitter…does this just feed into that? I’m not sure if it will backfire or not, but it wreaks to me of desperate, and I don’t think it will help in such a potentially close race.

  • 6 2-05-2011 at 10:20 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s on topic, guys. After all, this is kinda my USC Scripter post.

  • 7 2-05-2011 at 12:12 pm

    Pete said...

    I don’t think Beafoy is capable of writing a screenplay that isn’t reliant on some sort of a gimmick.

  • 8 2-05-2011 at 6:23 pm

    Kyle said...

    It’s high time Boyle and Alex Garland reconnected…his films with Simon Beaufoy have left me pretty cold.