Prior to its release in print, Warner Bros. has picked up the movie rights to Kit Whitfield's debut novel, Benighted. The book, which apparently deals with "core themes of racism and alienation," is set in an alternate reality in which over 90% of the population is made up of werewolves. The humans who don't go utterly bonkers and wreak bloody havoc on everyone in sight every time there's a full moon are known as "barebacks" (the book's original title in England, where apparently people don't giggle when they hear that word), and are charged with keeping the peace during the chaotic full moons. Which, actually, sounds like a pretty cool concept to me -- at least it's something different, right? The book seems to focus on a young non-werewolf named Lola, who is "a veteran of the Department for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthropic Activities," and uncovers some scary stuff when she tries to solve a friend's murder.

Apart from an unusual story, what gives the movie its true potential is that it's being co-produced and developed by none other than Andrew Adamson, who is reportedly looking at the film as something he might direct. Call me crazy, but I think the guy who made The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe sounds like the perfect person to take charge of populating our world with werewolves.
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