Danny Boyle Will Put You in a ‘Trance’

At this point in his career, Danny Boyle has made a good handful of movies that people have really liked. But with his last two features, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, he has achieved a level of mainstream attention and critical acclaim that has kicked his profile up a few notches. So while Danny Boyle’s next film has always been a point of interest to me, now it’s kind of a big news story.

How does one follow up a few years of unprecedented success making inspirational stories for the mainstream? For Boyle, it’s by going back to his roots and making a darkly toned thriller. Trance will be an art heist film shot in London, and it’s said to be more in line with the ick factor that Boyle’s first few works, Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, had than his recent stuff. This news is fine with me, as Shallow Grave is a film that I see as still working really well as a tension builder and Trainspotting was one of those formative, nuclear bombs of independent cinema that blew my mind and helped usher me into becoming a cinephile. I’ve liked Boyle’s slick take on the heart warmer, but I’m ready to see him use his newfound notoriety to take people someplace creepy.

The Summer Olympics are going to put the film’s release on hold though, so don’t start getting too revved up for it yet. While the film will shoot this fall, it will then be set aside for a while so that Boyle can focus completely on directing the opening ceremonies for the games, which are set to be held in London. Once all of the athletic hullabaloo is over, he will then pick the footage back up next August and start cutting it together. As someone who hasn’t cared about The Olympics since the ’92 Dream Team, I find this delay for Trance to be very annoying (unless the opening ceremonies happen to heavily feature Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, together again). Very annoying. [Deadline Dagenham]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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