Boyle has time for ‘127 Hours’

Fox Searchlight and Danny Boyle have announced that their next collaboration will be “127 Hours,” a film that tells the story of mountaineer Aron Ralston.

Boyle will direct the film, with production to begin next year for a late 2010 release. The film will be financed and distributed by Searchlight in partnership with Pathe.

According to Variety, Boyle has written a treatment, and Simon Beaufoy is in talks to write the script, and Christian Colson will produce. That would mean a reunion of the creative/financial team behind “Slumdog Millionaire,” which won eight Oscars.

In May 2003 during a mountain climb in Utah, Ralston’s right forearm was trapped for nearly five days under a boulder. He used a dull knife to amputate the limb, then scaled a 65-foot sheer wall and hiked out before coming across a family that gave him water and food. He was finally rescued by helicopter.

Casting for Ralston is underway.

This marks Boyle’s fifth film with Fox Searchlight, following “Slumdog Millionaire,”  “Sunshine,” “28 Days Later” and “Millions.” Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.

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