An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing as the initiated convince L.A.’s down and out to join their pack. Paying no heed to moons, full or otherwise, they change from human to canine at will—and they’re bent on domination at any cost.
Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kind-hearted, besotted dogcatcher, and the girl he loves, a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack. Anthony has no idea that she’s more than she seems, and she wants to keep it that way. But her efforts to protect her secret lead to murderous results.
Blending dark humor and epic themes with card-playing dogs, crystal meth labs, surfing, and carne asada tacos, Sharp Teeth captures the pace and feel of a graphic novel while remaining “as ambitious as any literary novel, because underneath all that fur, it’s about identity, community, love, death, and all the things we want our books to be about” [Nick Hornby, The Believer].
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.” READ MORE
As Danny Boyle’s new stage production of “Frankenstein” goes into previews at London’s National Theatre, his Oscar-nominated screenwriting collaborator Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) is working on a film project set in gangland Los Angeles.
It’s a venture called Sharp Teeth, and Beaufoy is hoping that Danny Boyle will jump onboard. He says: “If I write it well enough, he’ll direct it,” he told the BBC. “It’s an adaptation of a book by a writer called Toby Barlow (take a look inside) and it’s a very extraordinary mix of gangland Los Angeles, really, really rough — a lot of shootings — and the difference with this particular piece of work is that these gangs can shape-shift at will into packs of dogs.”
The BBC adds that Beaufoy has been researching his screenplay by riding along with the Los Angeles police.