Simon Beaufoy, along with Alex Garland, has become one of Danny Boyle’s go-to screenwriters with projects like 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire. He’s also writing Boyle’s upcoming (should Boyle approve the adaptation) almost werewolf movie Sharp Teeth. Sharp Teeth will be an adaptation of the novel-length poem by Toby Barlow.
Speaking to io9 he revealed that they might use real dogs (presumably enhanced), “It’s gangland LA. Except the gangs happen to also shapeshift into dogs. It’s all about pack dynamics… We have to make life much more difficult for ourselves and use real dogs. That would be the best, because that would be truly terrifying. I think animation would allow too much distance from it.”
He’s also working on the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire and I wholeheartedly agree with his philosophy on adaptations, “ one has to be very loyal to a fan base that is rigorous beyond anything I’ve ever come across. And yet, you still have to do the kind of brutal process of turning it into a film. Just transposing the book wholesale onto the screen, isn’t doing nobody any favors I don’t think. I always think faithful adapatations are a real mistake. That’s not reinventing what’s wonderful about the book onto the screen. That’s just a slightly scared way going, “We’ll keep it the same and it will be fine!” And it actually won’t because it’s the brother or the sister of a book, it’s not its twin, it’s different.”