With Daniel Barnz; the director of "Beastly"
Daniel: It was a hard decision to make, but we found that his personality shined through a bit more with more human like features. But it really came down to how hard it would have been to make him look real in a hairy suit. In the book, it says, " I just want to be like a normal human" and that's what we decided to do.
Daniel: It was very clear that this spell was an important part of making the movie. We needed him to be accepting without completely changing what he stood for. So we had to leave it as is.
Daniel: Well, I thought that a quiet cabin was too cliche for this movie. The house needed to be something extra that showed off there wealth. The fact that it was in the summer just happened to be the time we were filming.
Daniel: Our crews decided it would at least look harder for Kyle to break the spell if the girl seemed like a hard catch. It makes the story more touching when she realizes that she does love Kyle for who he is. Or as Lindy says it, " I do love you Kyle"
Daniel: When I read the lines " He let out a low growl like and animal about to spring", I wanted him to be more human than ever. So we changed that because we didn't want to show the inhuman part of Kyle. We felt it was important to keep him as human as possible to make him more likable.
Daniel: Though it may seem to be a small part of the story, it actually has a huge impact. This little dance is a chance for him to maybe meet someone or just simply be himself? In that setting he doesn't have too, " hide in the shadows of his ugliness"
Daniel: That's a great question. The reasoning for this change was so the viewers would be able to make the connection and recognize Lindy. As Kyle says it, " She is my only chance" . We wanted his last chance to be a good one.
Daniel: Mr. Flinn, it's a pleasure. But as I read your question I was rather intrigued by its openness. First, I would like to note that your writing is very creative, and I could not copy that word for word. I felt it was important to add my own touches to keep your novel singular. In other words; I wanted to preserve it and make the movie my own.