Danny Boyle is pulling out all the stops for his next film 127 Hours, which is a fact based feature centering on a man’s captivity in the mountains. The Oscar winning director recently revealed a few tidbits about his latest production including who’ll help him behind the camera. According to The Playlist, Boyle won’t use one, but he’ll have two cinematographers on board to film the vast landscape of the project.
Boyle’s cinematographers of choice worked on 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later respectively, with the first film being directed by Boyle himself. Their names are Anthony Dod Mantle (28 Days) and Enrique Chediak (28 Weeks), and they’ll be on board for the new film that tells the real life story of mountain climber Aron Ralston. Golden Globe winner James Franco has been hired as the lead, and Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara round out the supporting cast.
With this new development comes more info regarding the film’s set up. The story will center on Ralston’s ability to survive 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. The traumatic event happened back in 2003 and was covered by every major media outlet.
With so much solo time in the mountains, you have to wonder how Boyle will keep the audience interested. Will we have another Castaway on our hands? In the latest issue of Empire the director states,
“There is dialogue at the beginning, and at the end, obviously, but for most of the film he doesn’t have anyone to talk to. But what came to light is that he had a video camera with him, and he recorded six or seven messages, for those he thinks are going to grieve for him, basically saying goodbye. We’ve seen the messages, he doesn’t tend to show them. … So if you like, that is the dialogue, with a future he thinks he is not going to have.”
Interesting take Mr. Boyle. Interesting indeed.
What do you think of Boyle’s vision for 127 Hours? What do you think about him using 2 cinematographers?