Sutter will also be writing and producing the film, which also has big-name producer Jason Blum on board via his Blumhouse banner. Carla Hacken will produce under her banner Paper Pictures, with Blumhouse Television’s Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold on board as executive producers.
This Beast is inspired by The Beast of Gévaudan, a wolf-like creature that terrorised a French province in between 1764 and 1767. Some reports estimate that this beast killed around 500 people.
Netflix’s synopsis for the film is as follows:
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.
“Bringing my disturbing, familial story sensibility into the Blumhouse world just seemed like something that had to happen,” said Sutter in a statement. “And This Beast is the perfect project for that marriage. And Netflix is the perfect venue for that bloody ceremony.”
Said Blum: “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.”
No casting details have been announced. Stay tuned for more as this one comes together.