Simon Beaufoy To Write Truckers

For DreamWorks Animation...

The news that Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is set to direct a film called Truckers for DreamWorks Animation is exciting stuff, even though nothing's been confirmed about the storyline as yet. Why? Well, because we think we might know what it's about.

If you remember a couple of months back, Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle did a webchat here on Empire, and was asked about the fate of his once-mooted adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Bromeliad series. He said that he and his Millions screenwriter Frank Cotrell Boyce had been working on it for DreamWorks animation "but sadly no longer". Given that the first book of that series is called Truckers, and that Beaufoy worked with Boyle on Slumdog, isn't it possible that this is in fact the same project?

The Bromeliad trilogy tells the story of a race of tiny people called nomes living in the nooks and crannies of a department store, who have to change their way of life and find their own home when some nomes from outside come to give them the news that the store is about to be demolished.

Beaufoy was last week rumoured to be set to work on an X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel after meeting its producer Lauren Shuler Donner, but that's been denied by all concerned. In any case, whatever this mysterious Truckers turns out to be, let's wish our latest British Oscar winner lots of luck with it.