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Danny Boyle Confirmed for '127 Hours' Mountaineer Project Next

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November 4, 2009

Aron Ralston / Danny Boyle

As is the case with any director who wins an Oscar, their next film is always a hot topic. Variety has finally confirmed today that the next film from Danny Boyle will be 127 Hours, the story about the mountaineer Aron Ralston who had to amputate his own arm back in 2003. The title obviously pertains to how long he was stuck pinned beneath a boulder in Utah. I think the title actually ups the intensity, too, even just a little bit, because now we know this guy was sitting there hanging on to life for that long. Fellow Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the Slumdog Millionaire script, is in talks to write the script for 127 Hours.

In addition to Boyle and Beaufoy, producer Christian Colson will also be back, making this a "reunion of the creative team and the financiers behind Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight Oscars." Fox Searchlight will be financing and distributing the project in partnership with Pathe. Boyle wrote the original treatment and handed it off to Beaufoy to turn into a complete script. This confirms our report from October that Danny Boyle would be shooting this project next year. However, Variety says he hasn't chosen an actor yet to play Ralston, so that rumor about Ryan Gosling isn't true (for the time being). We'll keep you updated on casting.

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  • whomever
    Not interested. It's weird to think that Boyle used to make great films. Then came Millions and Slumdog...I hope he can recover sometime.
  • Ranz
    He should do the follow up to 28 weeks later i.e 28 months later!!
  • Dark Fist
    This should be interesting. @Ranz: Maybe, but he's doing this first. @whomever: It's only "weird" if you're oblivious to the fact that so many people think Millions and Slumdog were great films.
  • klaus_komix
    @Whomever are you serious? Slumdog was obviously the best film that year it won the Oscars. Everybody in my family enjoyed it, including my 40 year old mother and 15 year old sister. Don't forget about the underrated Sunshine which was brilliant.
  • ugh
    Is that guys head really that big? He reminds me of Brain from Pinky and the Brain.
  • Alex
    yeah his head Is epicly large, @Ranz: he's said he Is developing a script for said film and i'm agree with Dark Fist's second comment in response to the lunacy that was Whomevers opening statement. this is a great story not documented enough, should be great.
  • Cmurder
    Is that dude's head photo-shopped for some reason? WTF? That's not a 4head, it's a 5head!
  • Blackstar
    I'm going to go on a limb here and guess the script goes something like this as they attempt to compress 127 hours into 2: Climbing. Climbing some more. Get stuck in rocks. Stays stuck in rocks. Stays stuck some more. Thirsty. Desperation. Hacking. Ouchies. Bandaids. Changes nickname to "lefty". Writes book. The End. It's not like there are going to be any surprises unless they add a super model girlfriend or something so the attraction to seeing this film only comes for those who are either: A.) Too lazy to read his book. Or B.) Those who want to see a guy hack his own arm off. Personally, I'm not seeing the attraction either way.
  • dqniel
    I would love to watch this. The tree-hugger in me will love it as long as the cinematography is great.

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