Beaufoy for Truckers, Monahan for The Essex

Simon Beaufoy

In further writer news for the day, two Oscar-winning scribes have signed up for new projects.

Slumdog Millionaire’s Simon Beaufoy, wrongly rumoured in the past week to be attached to the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, has signed up to write the DreamWorks Animation picture Truckers.

SlashFilm has gained details on the story, apparently based on The Bromeliad Trilogy by Terry Pratchett. It goes on to describe it:

Truckers is the title of the first of the three books. The trilogy tells the story of the Nomes, a race of tiny people from another world who now struggle to survive in the world hidden among humans. They find an artifact known as “The Thing” which teaches them about their secret history and make plans to return home.

Sounds like it could be very interesting and will probably chime with the sensibilities of Beaufoy as a British writer. It could also provide DreamWorks with a chance to show off some real technological mastery.

Separately, Departed-writer William Monahan, who also penned Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies and the upcoming Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson, has signed up to write and direct The Essex, described on First Showing as ‘a historical drama about Capt. David S Porter and his daring sea battles against the British during the War of 1812’.

Monahan has a chunk of projects going at the moment, including his debut directorial effort London Boulevard, with Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell, and The Art of the Heist, an adaptation of the memoirs of criminal Myles Connor.

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