By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The TV veteran will make his feature directorial debut on the creature feature.
Blumhouse has revealed that Kurt Sutter, who created SONS OF ANARCHY, THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER and MAYANS M.C., will write, direct and produce THIS BEAST for Blumhouse and Netflix. Jason Blum will also produce, along with Carla Hacken of Paper Pictures. The movie is based on the true 18th-century saga of the Beast of Gévaudan, which inspired Christophe Gans’ BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF and this year’s Sundance premiere EIGHT FOR SILVER. The synopsis: “An 18th-century English village is besieged by a mysterious and elusive beast. Dozens of innocents are slaughtered and the mayhem is driven to puritanical heights by religious fanaticism. The impossible task of killing the beast falls to a lowly trapper who promises he can stop the carnage. But for him this hunt is not a professional mission, it’s a deeply personal one.”
“Bringing my disturbing, familial story sensibility into the Blumhouse world just seemed like something that had to happen,” Sutter says. “And THIS BEAST is the perfect project for that marriage. And Netflix is the perfect venue for that bloody ceremony.”
“We’ve long been fans of Kurt and his unparalleled storytelling–that’s both visceral and packs an emotional punch,” adds Blum. “We’re excited that Blumhouse is producing his first feature for Netflix.” Stay tuned for updates!