David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have shared vast success since the premiere of their epic HBO series Game Of Thrones, and have now chosen their first feature film project.
With the fourth season opener of Game of Thrones breaking records, the two showrunners have decided on their newest project; translating and producing a feature film version of the novel, Dirty White Boys. The 1995 novel was penned by author Stephen Hunter and pertains to the tale of three brutal convicts and the lawman who endeavors to take them down.
Benioff and Weiss mentioned how they came across the novel and what exactly about it that intrigued them:
Benioff: “Our friend Scott Frank brought up the opening line of Dirty White Boys. To be honest, I’d never hear of the book before, even though we’d heard of Stephen Hunter’s sniper series. Scott mentioned that opening line from Dirty White Boys, and it made me go out and buy the book, and Dan bought the book, and then we got past that first line and just fell in love with it.”
Weiss: “It does grab you, the first line, and what keeps you is that the characters are so well drawn, really charismatic and awful people, so flawed. I don’t think you’ll be able to print the first line, because it’s got prison-soaked racism and is just really out there.”
The novel’s synopsis opens up the possibilities of Benioff and Weiss to hone in on a simpler and more contained narrative than their GoT epic character tapestry. Filled with violence and the darker side of human nature on both sides of the law, the novel would offer a drastic shift in setting and pacing. Game Of Thrones was just renewed for a fifth and sixth season, so the two showrunners will have their hands full, but are looking forward to expanding their repertoire and producing and directing the feature themselves.
Additionally, author Stephen Hunter had one of his previous novels, Point Of Impact, adapted for the screen as the Mark Wahlberg movie Shooter. Just in case you were curious as to what that “opening line” from the novel that had both Benioff and Weiss hooked was, you can read it below:
“Three men at McAlester State Penitentiary had larger penises than Lamar Pye, but all were black and therefore, by Lamar’s own figuring, hardly human at all.”
Polarizing? Absolutely. A good movie? That remains to be seen. Tune into the rest of the fourth season of Game Of Thrones Sundays on HBO and, if functioning, on HBO Go as well.
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