Kurt Sutter Makes His Feature Directorial With ‘This Beast’ Inspired By A True Story

March 9, 2021

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: horrorfuelinfo@gmail.com

“Sons of Anarchy” writer-director Kurt Sutter is making his feature film directorial debut with This Beast, inspired by The Beast of Gévaudan, the true story about a mysterious beast that terrorized a French village in the 1760s.

The Netflix film is set in “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.”


Sutter, whose series “Sons of Anarchy” was a major hit filled with drama, excitement, violence, and love, will write, direct and produce This Beast. Jason Blum and Blumhouse will produce along with Carla Hacken under her Paper Pictures banner. Blumhouse Television’s Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold will executive produce.
Bringing my disturbing, familial story sensibility into the Blumhouse world just seemed like something that had to happen. And This Beast is the perfect project for that marriage. And Netflix is the perfect venue for that bloody ceremony,” said Kurt Sutter. 

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,” said Jason Blum, CEO and founder of Blumhouse.


The true story of The Beast of Gévaudan is a horrifying and bloody one. In the 18th century, a creature claimed the lives of over three hundred people in south-central France over a period of just three years and from an area covering just fifty-six miles. Many witnessed the attacks. Some said it was a man, some described an animal, but the killer was never identified. Those who stated it was a beast described it as wolf-like, having an elongated head like that of a greyhound, a flat snout, pointed ears, a wide mouth, broad chest, and an extremely long tail. To this day it remains a mystery.

Photo Credit: Kurt Sutter

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