Danny Boyle is a busy guy. He’s got Frankenstein going at London’s National Theater (Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller!), he’s Artistic Director of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and he already has 28 Months Later (working title) waiting in the wings. But apparently he was worried about feeling stagnant, because he’s now decided to squeeze in another film. According to Deadline, Boyle will shoot this new movie before the Olympics and finish production after. Of course, that’s a hell of a wait for us, but I have a feeling it will be worth it.
If you’ve never seen the director’s first film, Shallow Grave, first kick yourself in the ass (use a friend) and then find a way to get it on your big screen television, stat. It’s simply one of the best black comedies there is; you’ll laugh and cringe and your heart will race. Plus, it stars baby Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston (along with Kerry Fox) as roommates who get a little too greedy for their own good. And if you’ve never seen Trainspotting, based on the fantastic novel by Irvine Welsh, kick yourself in the ass a second time and go get that one too. Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner (with bonus Robert Carlyle) take you on a mind-boggling, harrowing trip with a group of drug addicts. Once you’ve seen these two films, you’ll never forget them and then you might understand my excitement at this little tidbit of news that Boyle is returning to those roots for this next film, Trance. Really, the only details provided thus far is that Trance is about an art heist gone bad and that the tone will be dark and in the vein (and low budget) of Trainspotting and Shallow Grave. Boyle has made it known he wants to work with Ewan McGregor again—to me, this sounds like just the ticket.
That’s it, just a snippet of news, a teeny-tiny pinhole of light way off in the distance…(2013) but it’s enough to warm my cockles.