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Simon Beaufoy To Write Truckers
For DreamWorks Animation...

27 March 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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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.

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RE: Ooooh
I would really love to see Nightwatch as a film, definitely my favourite of Sir Terry's books. But like you said chrysalisloall, any of the watch books would be awesome to see on the big screen. I didn't mind the TV movies they've done so far but they weren't great. More

Posted by satanbob at 00:24 on 29 March 2009 | Report This Post

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I thought both Pratchett adaptions, hogfather and the colour of magic were terrible. They do like to pick the books which just will not work as a film. The truth would definately work and its a brilliant book, only just finished rereading again! Any of the watch based books would work a treat, especially nightwatch! More

Posted by hairpiece at 20:18 on 28 March 2009 | Report This Post

If it is Terry Pratchett's Truckers, I think that would be really good. I remember the TV version, and that was stop motion and I really loved that, so could get a big screen rewrite. I would love to see more great Pratchett adaptations for the big screen, Heck, I'd like to write my own version of The Truth, I think that one could work really well. More

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