Danny Boyle to Climb a Damn Mountain for ‘127 Hours’

By  · Published on November 5th, 2009

Fox Searchlight, the studio that distributed Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning gem Slumdog Millionaire last year, is teaming up with the director on his next project, 127 Hours.

It tells the story of mountaineer Aron Ralston. Ralston’s right forearm got pinned for nearly five days under a boulder during a climb in Utah in May 2003. He used a dull knife to amputate the limb, then scaled a 65-foot sheer wall and hiked out before running into a family that gave him water and food. He was finally rescued by helicopter.

Slumdog’s Christian Colson will produce the pic, which already has one script treatment from Boyle, and may get a full work-up from Simon Beaufoy in the near future, says Variety.

Even though our title may suggest a long run-time for this film, there’s no indication that it will be excessively long. Chances are that the 127-hour journey will be condensed significantly. But seriously, Boyle is currently looking for an actor to portray Ralston (pictured above) – and its likely that such a casting choice will greatly impact the quality of the film, as it’s pretty much a 1-character piece. I’ve included the above image so that you, the great and wonderful readers, might lay down some casting suggestions. Do your worst…

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