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10.10.2009

Boyle is smiling a lot more since February '09, isn't he?

I know what you've absolutely all been asking yourselves upon waking up this fine morning: What's Danny Boyle been up to lately? Let me put your mind at ease: it's not MY FAIR LADY with Keira "Period Drama" Knightley, that one "sadly" fell through. *cough*

In a quick Q&A with Digital Spy, the director touched upon the slew of films he's rumored or attached to since his Oscar sweep with SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, mainly that the TRAINSPOTTING sequel still isn't any close to happening, that Bond won't require his service although I'd pay twice the IMAX fee to see that, and his return to Mumbai called MAXIMUM CITY is going forth but not right away. Oh, and he says 28 MONTHS LATER is still a possibility for him in the future. Cool, right?

So what's the very next one then? "I can't quite tell you about it because it's not quite all signed, sealed and sorted out legal-wise" Boyle confessed. "It's based on a true story so there were complications to do with rights, that kind of stuff. We're close to solving it and hope to be shooting in March next year."

Rumor around town, going back to a few months now, is that the project in question is about Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who had to amputate himself of an arm when trapped under a boulder for 5 days. Here's his own account of it, if you're into grizzly details. The front runner for that role is apparently the very cool Ryan Gossling who may FINALLY get the Oscar-worthy role he deserves. Who's in agreement with that casting?

Extra Tidbit: I wonder if things ever patched up between Boyle and Ewan McGregor. They fell off over Leo DiCaprio being cast in THE BEACH instead of Ewan, but really, I'd be happy to have been left out of that one...
Source: Digital Spy

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12:52AM on 10/12/2009
This sounds fantastic. I can't wait.
This sounds fantastic. I can't wait.
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5:56PM on 10/11/2009

Gosling, Baby.

GREAT casting if this turns out to be true...and The Beach was amazing! Sorry, but it was. And screw Ewan.
GREAT casting if this turns out to be true...and The Beach was amazing! Sorry, but it was. And screw Ewan.
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8:24PM on 10/10/2009
This might end up being too much like Into the Wild
This might end up being too much like Into the Wild
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6:32PM on 10/10/2009

no megacity one yet?

wake me up when Judge Dredd gets rolling
wake me up when Judge Dredd gets rolling
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5:20PM on 10/10/2009

BTW

It's 'grisly' details. Grizzly details only happen when there's a large, bad-tempered bear involved.
It's 'grisly' details. Grizzly details only happen when there's a large, bad-tempered bear involved.
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3:58PM on 10/10/2009

Gossling

Lars and the Real Girl and Half Nelson were worthy. The Beach rules. Interesting how they will make a feature out of a man trapped under a rock for 5 days, but I'm ALL for it.
Lars and the Real Girl and Half Nelson were worthy. The Beach rules. Interesting how they will make a feature out of a man trapped under a rock for 5 days, but I'm ALL for it.
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3:40PM on 10/10/2009

Da Beach

Yeah I don't get all the Beach hate either...it's a really good film with a good cast and cool visual style just like all his pictures.

He would probably direct the best bond of all time and no one is ready for that. Bond is dead, Craig/Boyle combo on it would bring it back to life.

Wait...Ryan Gossling from Breaker High?!??!
He's over rated and way too emo for me. I'd rather see Ewan McGregor in there.
Yeah I don't get all the Beach hate either...it's a really good film with a good cast and cool visual style just like all his pictures.

He would probably direct the best bond of all time and no one is ready for that. Bond is dead, Craig/Boyle combo on it would bring it back to life.

Wait...Ryan Gossling from Breaker High?!??!
He's over rated and way too emo for me. I'd rather see Ewan McGregor in there.
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2:42PM on 10/10/2009

The Beach

The Beach is one of my favourite Boyle movies. Everything after 28 days later is pretty weak.
The Beach is one of my favourite Boyle movies. Everything after 28 days later is pretty weak.
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5:30PM on 10/13/2009
did you see Sunshine, Slumdog or MIllions?
did you see Sunshine, Slumdog or MIllions?
1:58PM on 10/10/2009

Uhh. . .

Ryan Gosling has already had an Oscar-worthy role - did you miss 'Half Nelson'?
Ryan Gosling has already had an Oscar-worthy role - did you miss 'Half Nelson'?
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5:28PM on 10/13/2009
And Lars and the Real Girl, I think.
And Lars and the Real Girl, I think.
1:25PM on 10/10/2009
agreed. the Bond series needs someone like him after suffering from the gut-wrenching mediocrity of Marc Forster - possibly my least favorite working director.
agreed. the Bond series needs someone like him after suffering from the gut-wrenching mediocrity of Marc Forster - possibly my least favorite working director.
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4:02PM on 10/10/2009
I, for one, liked QoS for what it was: madcap action movie.
I, for one, liked QoS for what it was: madcap action movie.
12:39AM on 10/11/2009
There are a lot of mediocre directors working in Hollywood right now, but I don't think Marc Forster is one of them. His films might not be spectacular but they're at typically pretty solid (Stranger Than Fiction, Finding Neverland). I mean compared to someone truly mediocre like Stephen Somers or Andy Fickman they're downright admirable.

Quantum of Solace was definitely a step down from Casino Royale, but you've got to keep in mind just how much better "Casino" was than you're typical Bond
There are a lot of mediocre directors working in Hollywood right now, but I don't think Marc Forster is one of them. His films might not be spectacular but they're at typically pretty solid (Stranger Than Fiction, Finding Neverland). I mean compared to someone truly mediocre like Stephen Somers or Andy Fickman they're downright admirable.

Quantum of Solace was definitely a step down from Casino Royale, but you've got to keep in mind just how much better "Casino" was than you're typical Bond film. I mean really the standard of quality in your typical Brosnan era film (not to mention the Roger Moore flicks) ws not al that high. Honestly, I think in hindsight a lot of people don't remember just how bad some of them were. So that if you go back and campre them directly to Quantum of Solace, it really isn't one of the absolute worst. Again, it's no Casino Royale, but it was competantly made and relatively grounded in reality, with actors who didn't completely ham it up. That's more than what can be said for a lot of the other films in the series.
5:25PM on 10/13/2009
luke, i personally thought stranger than fiction was absolute crap, and I didn't think much of finding neverland either. Although I haven't seen Monster's Ball or The Kite Runner, so I'll reserve him some judgement. Stephen Sommers is mediocre as well, but his movies are self-aware in their silliness. He knows he's making stupid popcorn fodder. I've met him - he really just wants successful movies that rake in cash it seems! I looked up Andy Fickman's imdb... haha you're right he has made
luke, i personally thought stranger than fiction was absolute crap, and I didn't think much of finding neverland either. Although I haven't seen Monster's Ball or The Kite Runner, so I'll reserve him some judgement. Stephen Sommers is mediocre as well, but his movies are self-aware in their silliness. He knows he's making stupid popcorn fodder. I've met him - he really just wants successful movies that rake in cash it seems! I looked up Andy Fickman's imdb... haha you're right he has made nothing that looks remotely interesting.

I'm no Bond expert and I haven't seen very many of the old films and I think it was just as bad as some of the Pierce Brosnans. But as a direct contiunation of Casino Royale (literally, it picked up like 8 minutes after the other one ended) it fell short on so many levels. Martin Campbell should've directesd QoS as well, because watching the two films back to back would be an astonishing transition from good to bad.
12:44PM on 10/10/2009
I do like Boyle's ability to tackle different genres of film. He's my first pick for director of the Highlander remake, if that ever happens.
I do like Boyle's ability to tackle different genres of film. He's my first pick for director of the Highlander remake, if that ever happens.
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11:57AM on 10/10/2009

Danny Boyle is the man!

That's so bizarre; a friend literally just bought me SUNSHINE as a belated birthday present. I love that movie, weaker third act and all.

While I'll watch anything he makes, part of me wants to see him continue to explore different genres. For instance, I'd love to see what a Danny Boyle X-MEN film would look like. It'll never happen, but Danny Boyle and comic books could be a good mix.
That's so bizarre; a friend literally just bought me SUNSHINE as a belated birthday present. I love that movie, weaker third act and all.

While I'll watch anything he makes, part of me wants to see him continue to explore different genres. For instance, I'd love to see what a Danny Boyle X-MEN film would look like. It'll never happen, but Danny Boyle and comic books could be a good mix.
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8:56AM on 10/10/2009
I would also pay premium dollar for a DAnny Boyle Bond flick..
I would also pay premium dollar for a DAnny Boyle Bond flick..
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