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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.

Daniel Radcliffe Reaches For 'Gold' To Play British Olympian Sebastian Coe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 9:05 AM
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While neither director James Watkins or actor Daniel Radcliffe returned for the forthcoming sequel "The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death," it's clear the pair got on well making the horror movie hit. And now, they're going to try and conjure up some cinematic thrills in an entirely different way.

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.

Simon Beaufoy To Adapt Those Len Deighton Novels Quentin Tarantino Once Wanted To Tackle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2013 4:24 PM
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Remember a few weeks ago when we broke down the various projects Quentin Tarantino has flirted with in the past? Well, you can take one of them off the list of possible future endeavours, as a British television production company has beaten Tarantino to the punch.

Fox Pushes Ahead With Josh Trank's 'Fantastic Four,' Hires Writer To Pen The Script & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2012 4:39 PM
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While Fox is in a bit of a scramble to figure out what to do with "Daredevil" lest the rights revert back to Marvel, that hasn't stopped them from moving full speed ahead on the "Fantastic Four" reboot. Earlier this week, the studio confirmed that rumored "Chronicle" director Josh Trank has indeed taken the chair of "Fantastic Four," and with the weekend now approaching, they've tasked a writer to get the ball rolling a bit more.

Ewan McGregor & Emily Blunt Talk 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen'; Simon Beaufoy Teases 'Catching Fire' & 'Sharp Teeth' With Danny Boyle

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 9, 2012 6:27 PM
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Is “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen” a love story, or a tale of political impossibilities? Based on Paul Torday’s nonfiction novel, the new Lasse Hallstrom film pivots on the relationship between uptight fisheries expert Fred and plucky consultant Harriet, as they find themselves straying from their partners while visiting the Middle East, in an attempt to manufacture a salmon habitat in the heart of the Yemen.

Oscar-Winner Simon Beaufoy Confirmed To Write 'Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire,' Gary Ross Returning To Direct

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 17, 2012 9:05 AM
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With any franchise that's based on younger actors, getting a steady stream of films is crucially important; without a "Harry Potter" or "Twilight" film every eighteen months or so, you end up with a lead creeping up on their thirties by the time the series comes to an end. And so it goes with "The Hunger Games," Lionsgate's great hope for the next big teen-friendly franchise. With a ready-made trilogy of books from author Suzanne Collins, there's source material already in place, and even though the first film, written and directed by "Seabiscuit" helmer Gary Ross, won't hit theaters for a couple of months yet, the studio is already making plans for a sequel.

Lionsgate Wants 'Slumdog Millionaire' Oscar-Winner Simon Beaufoy To Write 'Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2011 5:35 PM
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Is Lionsgate putting the cart before the horse or do they legitimately have a big tentpole on their hands? It's pretty standard practice these days for a studio to start development on a sequel months before a film comes out, but with a November 22, 2013 release date already locked in for "The Hunger Games" followup "Catching Fire," director Gary Ross is going be getting out of one fire and headed right into another. And if he and the studio want to keep the very high expectations of fans happy, they'll need someone with some serious credentials to help them get things moving fast.

Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy May Reteam For Werewolves-In-Gangland-L.A. Pic 'Sharp Teeth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2011 6:48 AM
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Does Danny Boyle have the taste for monsters again? The director re-imagined the zombie genre with his inventive "28 Days Later..." and his ambitious stage version of "Frankenstein" (with a score by Underworld and leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Dr. Frankenstein and his creation) already in previews in the U.K. but his next movie project may find him mixing it up with the supernatural once again.

Simon Beaufoy Talks Alternate Ending To '127 Hours' That Was Cut (Poor Lizzy Caplan)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 1:38 AM
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When we first saw Danny Boyle’s survival tale “127 Hours” at TIFF, we called it “Lean, efficient, despairing, thrilling and ultimately life affirming” as well as one of the best films of the year. By now you know the film is the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco) who was stuck in a Utah canyon for days after his arm became trapped under a boulder. Little did we know at the time that the film’s leanness was partially the result of a major trim to the third act of the film. The film’s writer Simon Beaufoy recently spoke with the NYTimes about this last minute alteration. “We had a much more resolved ending, so they [the audience] had an emotional connection. There’s a long scene with his mother in the hospital, there’s a long scene with the ex-girlfriend where she told him a few hard truths, there was a scene at his sister’s wedding, which he referenced in the movie. So we had this very unusual movie, and we resolved it in this very Hollywood way.”

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