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Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy Might Have Sharp Teeth

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Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy Might Have <i>Sharp Teeth</i>

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s a rather cliche notion, but when it comes to the director-writer pair of Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, it certainly applies. Thus far, their two collaborations already won them two Academy Awards (best director and best adapted screenplay) for Slumdog Millionaire and another two nominations in the same categories this year for 127 Hours.

What’s next? Well, in a new interview with BBC America, Beaufoy revealed he has found a new project to sink his teeth into, and that if things go according to plan, directing duties will fall to Boyle. The writer explains that he is in the process of adapting a screenplay to the free-verse horror novel Sharp Teeth, which from the description definitely sounds like a bit of a departure from the pair’s previous works together.

“It’s a very extraordinary mix of gangland Los Angeles — Compton, the Watts Towers area — really, really rough, a lot of shootings,” Beaufoy said of the book. “And the difference with this particular piece of work is that these gangs can shape-shift at will into packs of dogs. So it’s a police procedural mixed with a werewolf film. If you get it wrong, it’s a disaster. If you get it right, it will be extraordinary.”

Let’s hope he in fact does “get it right” and not metaphorically “shoot the pooch.” Check out the video interview at BBC America for more.

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