Danny Boyle Confirmed for '127 Hours' Mountaineer Project Next
by Alex Billington
November 4, 2009
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.