Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have chosen their first feature film project. It will be an adaptation of the book Dirty White Boys by Stephen Hunter, and they will write, direct, and produce it at FOX. The novel follows three violent escaped convicts and the lawman who is hunting them down.
Benioff talked to Deadline about the deal and how it came together, saying:
“We’re sitting around bullsh*tting and we started talking about lines we were jealous of before it came around to the familiar topic of greatest opening lines in novels. "
"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. 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.”
I'm sure you're all wondering what the line they are talking about is. Well, Here ya go!
“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.”
It's definitely an attention grabber. I love what these guys have done with Game of Thrones, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they make the transition to film. This sounds like it will be a great film project for them. You'll find the description of the book below.
They busted out of McAlester State Penitentiary–three escaped convicts going to ground in a world unprepared for anything like them….
Lamar Pye is prince of the Dirty White Boys. With a lion in his soul, he roars–for he is the meanest, deadliest animal on the loose….
Odell is Lamar’s cousin, a hulking manchild with unfeeling eyes. He lives for daddy Lamar. Surely he will die for him….
Richard’s survival hangs on a sketch: a crude drawing of a lion and a half-naked woman. For this Lamar has let Richard live…
Armed to the teeth, Lamar and his boys have cut a path of terror across the Southwest, and pushed one good cop into a crisis of honor and conscience. Trooper Bud Pewtie should have died once at Lamar’s hands. Now they’re about to meet again. And this time, only one of them will walk away….