Thursday, November 5, 2009

127 Hours on a Mountain with Danny Boyle

Variety just announced Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire director, Danny Boyle's next film. Boyle will be reteaming with Fox Searchlight Pictures and Slumdog producer Christian Colson to make a film telling the story of mountaineer Aron Ralston. Back in 2003, Ralston got his arm pinned beneath a boulder during a climb in the Utah mountains. He had to amputate his own arm and then scaled a cliff wall before being found. The film is being called 127 Hours, which translates to how many hours Ralston was in the wild before being found.

This has been rumored as Boyle's next film for some time now, but it's finally official. Personally, I want to see how Boyle will make this film suspenseful and dramatic. It's a very thin premise, so I want to know how he plans to embellish upon it. Even still, Boyle is the master of these man vs. nature films, just look at The Beach or Sunshine, he knows how to make these intimate, suspense-filled tales about one man going up against the forces of mother nature (or in the case of Sunshine, the sun itself).

It has been rumored that Boyle has been eying Ryan Gosling to star, but that is still unconfirmed. At the current moment there is no script, just a treatment written by Boyle himself, but Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy is supposedly in talks to hammer out the script according to Variety.

With all of the talent already involved, I'm very eager to see how this all pans out. Boyle always seems to do well with these kinds of films, I just hope he can make it intriguing enough to where you will actually want to sit in a theater for two hours and watch this story unfold. Cameras are supposed to roll on 127 Hours early next year for a late 2010 release.

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