danny boyle to direct 127 hours

Oscar winning director Danny Boyle has finally confirmed his next feature film project. For months we’ve been hearing rumors that he would take on the real life story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, and its just been confirmed. According to Variety, the film will be entitled 127 Hours and will center on Ralton’s fight for his life while trapped between a rock and a hard place.

127 Hours is scheduled for a late 2010 release, and will be produced by Fox Searchlight and Pathe. Boyle has already written up a treatment for the film’s script, which Simon Beaufoy is in talks to pen. The story will center on how Ralston survived in the cold mountains of Utah when his arm got pinned beneath a boulder. After 5 days he amputated the limb using a dull knife, and proceeded to climb a 65-foot sheer wall to reach his freedom. He eventually encountered a family who gave him food and water, and notified the authorities.

Ralton’s extraordinary story became headline news back in 2003 when it first broke. He became an overnight celebrity and hero for those who didn’t feel like they had the strength to face their obstacles. 127 Hours will mark the fifth collaboration between Boyle and Searchlight, which is turning out to be a very lucrative partnership for both.

Aron Ralton’s story has all the makings of an inspirational Hollywood movie. The best thing they can do is find an actor who will project his strength, but not take away from his plight. Perhaps, James McAvoy or Ryan Gosling could take on the role?

What do you think of Danny Boyle directing 127 Hours?