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Danny Boyle To Direct Film About 1973 "Battle Of The Sexes" Tennis Match Between Billie Jean King & Bobby Riggs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2014 1:25 PM
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Following the release of "Trance," Danny Boyle has piling up potential next projects. "We're working on two period pieces at the moment, but they won't be like, 'Downton Abbey' period movies," the director told us last spring, teasing one was an adaptation of a book (which he wouldn't name), while the other is being written by John Hodge. And of course, there's also the long talked about "Trainspotting" sequel brewing, plus a feature take on the documentary "Smash And Grab." Now you can add another one to the pile.

Watch: 1-Hour Talk With Danny Boyle, Mark Kemode & Physicist Brian Cox About 'Sunshine'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 11, 2014 10:24 AM
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With last year’s “Trance” ending up a financial disappointment — it made roughly only $250,000 more than his theatrical debut “Shallow Grave” — Danny Boyle has gone into TV’s warm embrace for the time being with his pilot for the police series “Babylon” (read our review here). While we wait for updates on his fictionalized adaptation of the documentary “Smash And Grab” and the long-discussed “Trainspotting” sequel, why not take a stroll down memory lane with Boyle as he talks about “Sunshine.”

Review: Danny Boyle's Police TV Show Pilot 'Babylon' Starring Brit Marling & James Nesbitt

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 10, 2014 11:05 AM
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With an Oscar, two Best Picture nominations (one of which won), national hero status thanks to the Olympics and an acclaimed stage play in his recent past, Danny Boyle can do pretty much whatever he wants these days (even with the critical and commercial failure of "Trance" coming last year—though the film's underrated, in this writer's opinion). So it's a measure of the draw and cachet of the medium that his latest endeavor comes on the small screen, helming the pilot for new U.K. comedy-drama "Babylon," which aired on Channel 4 last night ahead of a full series later in the year.

Watch: Danny Boyle, David Beckham & More Talk The Red Devils In Trailer For Manchester United Doc 'The Class Of 92'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 1:49 PM
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While phrases like The Red Devils and Old Trafford might not have much meaning for North American audiences, for those overseas, it's the nickname and home of Manchester United. One of the most celebrated, popular, beloved (and hated) soccer teams in the world, their reach has broken beyond the sport thanks to superstars like David Beckham. But a forthcoming documentary is going take things back a couple of decades to when someone like Beckham was just another player on the pitch.

Brit Marling & More Join Danny Boyle's Cop Show 'Babylon,' FX Picks Up WWII Miniseries He'll Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 9:30 AM
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As Danny Boyle now makes his way to television, helming the cop show "Babylon" for Channel 4 in the U.K., it's not a surprise that some very strong talent is following him to the small screen. No matter what the format, Boyle is one whom people are eager to work with.

Danny Boyle To Direct Feature Adaptation Of Heist Documentary 'Smash And Grab'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 4:41 PM
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To call this year's "Trance" a heist flick would be a bit misleading. Yes, it centers around a major theft, but that twisty genre effort from Danny Boyle was more of a psychosexual mindbender, and regardless, audiences barely showed up with the movie taking in a rather meagre $22 million worldwide (a drop from the $60 million take of "127 Hours" and a far cry from the $377 million sensation "Slumdog Millionaire"). But Fox Searchlight and Pathé Pictures are still believers, and this time, they want Boyle to steal something straight up.

Danny Boyle To Direct TV Police Drama From 'Peep Show' Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 10:51 AM
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Though he got his start on the small screen, aside from a one-off 2001 project "Strumpet" and of course, the London Olympics, director Danny Boyle has mostly stay planted in the feature film world. But with "Trance" earning the least amount of money in theaters since his breakout film "Shallow Grave" (and obviously arriving with much bigger expectations and star power than that film), it looks like Boyle will head back to television for a project that will see him return to the setting of his biggest hit to date, "Slumdog Millionaire."

8 Established Filmmakers Who Reinvented Themselves With Risky Low-Budget Efforts

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 1, 2013 3:57 PM
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This Friday will see the VOD release of Paul Schrader's much talked about "The Canyons," a film both inspired by and conceived for the post-theatrical era (though it will receive a limited theatrical run starting out in NYC and Toronto). The film, which revolves around a toxic producer (adult star James Deen) and his girlfriend (Lindsay Lohan), is a collaboration between "American Psycho" author/enfant terrible Bret Easton Ellis and "Taxi Driver" scribe Schrader, whose directorial career includes "American Gigolo" and "Affliction." After the duo failed to get a studio-financed shark attack movie off the ground, they decided to pursue something on a smaller scale that would required fewer gatekeepers. Schrader's email to Ellis read, "Enough of this. Let's just do something ourselves. The economics are right. You write it, I'll direct it, we'll pay for it, and we'll make cinema for the post-theatrical era." And so "The Canyons" was born.

Ewan McGregor Says He's "Totally Up For" Reuniting With Danny Boyle For 'Trainspotting' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 10:45 AM
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The history of decades-later sequels is a rocky one, as we've documented in the past. But that doesn't stop people from trying, and some prospects are more enticing than others. Take the idea of a "Trainspotting" sequel, which has kicked around for a while, but finally seemed to solidify earlier this year when director Danny Boyle told us he was developing a script for a follow-up to his seminal breakthrough with original writer John Hodge. After all, Boyle's at the top of his game, and the set-up seemed to be more suited for a follow-up than most, particularly given that novelist Irvine Welsh had already penned a literary sequel, "Porno."

Danny Boyle Claims “The Pixarification Of Movies” Is Wiping Out Adult Storytelling in Cinema

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 6, 2013 11:16 AM
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You can almost feel the 180-degree turn in Danny Boyle's latest thriller "Trance" -- away from the good-natured optimism of the Olympic opening ceremonies that took up his past few years, and into a much darker, naughtier corner. It's a refreshing turn from the director -- even while the film doesn't track among his best -- and also one that he believes embodies the type of cinema that's escaped screens as of late.

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