Danny Boyle Officially Telling The Aron Ralston Story

By Katey Rich 2009-11-05 07:03:56discussion comments
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Some smart people on the Internet had deduced this a few weeks ago, but now it's official-- Danny Boyle's next project will be 127 Hours, a movie about Aron Ralston, a rock climber who cut off his own arm in the Utah wilderness after it was pinned underneath a boulder.

And you thought the kid jumping into the poop in Slumdog Millionaire was bad! Despite rumors that Ryan Gosling would play the lead role of the fearless climber, Variety reports that they're still in the casting process, for a role that probably every actor south of 35 is dying to play. For extra good luck Boyle is reuniting with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson, less than a year after all three won Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire. Fox Searchlight, of course, will also distribute.

It seems like a smart move for Boyle, who's never made a movie exactly like the one before it, to get as far from Slumdog territory as possible. 127 Hours will be an uplifting story, of course, and will probably have to feature some Jamal-style flashbacks given that the story is about Ralston pinned to a boulder by himself for five days. But I'm imagining a completely different Danny Boyle emerging for this project, and that's something we can all look forward to.
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