Kurt Sutter has an extensive TV writing resumè with shows like The Shield, and blistering motorcylce dramas Sons Of Anarchy and its current spin-off, Mayans M.C. for a time. Even penning Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama, Southpaw, proved to be a worthwhile feat to accomplish and now, Sutter will take the reins for his own feature debut at the helm for This Beast, inspired by The Beast of Gévaudan, billed as “a true story about a mysterious beast that terrorized a French village in the 1760s”.
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.
Sutter is penning the pic, and is producing with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and Paper Pictures’s Carla Hacken. Blumhouse Television’s Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold will exec produce.
“Bringing my disturbing, familial story sensibility into the Blumhouse world just seemed like something that had to happen. And This Beast is the perfect project for that marriage. And Netflix is the perfect venue for that bloody ceremony,” said Kurt Sutter.
“We’ve long been fans of Kurt and his unparalleled storytelling — that’s both visceral and packs an emotional punch. We’re excited that Blumhouse is producing his first feature for Netflix,” said Jason Blum, CEO and founder of Blumhouse.