The film tells the story of mountaineer Aron Ralston who went through hell on his climbing expedition. 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.
An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing as the initiated convince L.A.’s down and out to join their pack. Paying no heed to moons, full or otherwise, they change from human to canine at will—and they’re bent on domination at any cost.
Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kind-hearted, besotted dogcatcher, and the girl he loves, a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack. Anthony has no idea that she’s more than she seems, and she wants to keep it that way. But her efforts to protect her secret lead to murderous results.
Blending dark humor and epic themes with card-playing dogs, crystal meth labs, surfing, and carne asada tacos, Sharp Teeth captures the pace and feel of a graphic novel while remaining “as ambitious as any literary novel, because underneath all that fur, it’s about identity, community, love, death, and all the things we want our books to be about” [Nick Hornby, The Believer].
28 Months Later isn’t an impossibility, but there certainly aren’t any plans for it right now. 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Trance director Danny Boyle recently spoke to Wired and he seemed fairly uninterested in pursuing the series – saying that there’s a only 40/60 chance of it getting made.
“ Who would have thought? I don’t like zombie movies. I never did. We took a genre and fucked with it. Zombie aficionados, they’re quite precious with all their rules. Like with running: “They don’t do that!” Of course there are so many manifestations of zombies now, the rule book has gone out the window. I saw one episode of The Walking Dead, and it was very gripping. But the zombies were stumbling around again, which I hate. Given what we’ve just been talking about, it’s very difficult to know whether zombies are overexposed now as a concept. So it’s 40/60 whether it happens or not.”
Lest you despair, it’s not completely off the table. “But we did have an idea of where to set it and what it might be about.”
Still, you know – probably not.
The bold, brave attitude of the 1980’s dried up in British cinema after the turn of the decade. The energy and vision behind sci-fi films like Brazil, The Long Good Friday, The Company of Wolves, and anything by Bruce Robinson, along with many others, was replaced with a desire to make bland period pieces and movies about stuffy folks. Beautiful and wonderfully acted maybe, but completely safe; it was like filmmakers suddenly lost their balls and didn’t want to work with challenging, engrossing material. It seems like a good bit – but not all, there are some exceptions – of the industry’s output revolved around being prim, proper and noble in the English countryside instead of addressing what a post-Thatcher society was or how it made people feel. READ MORE
Filmmaker Danny Boyle borrowed ideas from Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” when drawing up plans for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London this summer, reports the Huffington Post.
The Slumdog Millionaire and 28 Days Later director signed on to orchestrate the sporting spectacular’s kick-off event in July and he admits the task of creating a jaw-dropping show to be viewed by millions of people hasn’t been easy.
He tells Vogue: “It’s a challenge, of course, because it can easily be just a cold spectacle – awe-inspiring but not necessarily of the heart – and we want the ceremony to have a visceral effect on the people, for it to be a collective experience. Stirring emotion is hard in a stadium.”
But the Oscar winner reveals he found inspiration in an unlikely place – “Frankenstein,” which fuses elements of romanticism and the creation of life.
He adds, “(There is) quite a lot of “Frankenstein” in the show. I mean, we don’t reanimate dead creatures, but we did use Frankenstein as a dry run for a lot of ideas for this.” And if Boyle’s vision is realised, he says the the venue will look “more like a cauldron, with all the people hovering over and around you”.
The filmmaker has had a lot of experience with the theme – he directed a production of “Frankenstein” for the National Theatre in England last year.
And for some extra fun, the video above is writer/director/actor/produce Larry Fessenden‘s “Mashup of 25 Frankenstein Flicks” created for a live benefit February 18 2012 in support of RadioHole‘s forthcoming off-Broadway production “Inflatable Frankenstein”. Fessenden, who directed The Last Winter, is best known for producing The Innkeepers, Stake Land, The House of the Devil, and nearly a hundred more genre outings.
There are so many Frankenstein projects these days it can be hard to tell which is which. But this one should stand out. It’s a theatrical screening of a stage play. Yawn? Right? Well, it’s from Danny Boyle (Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting). That dude deserves your respect. If you’re a fan of the character (or of Boyle’s) then you might want to pencil June 6th or June 7th into your calendar. Because those are the only two dates you’ll be able to see it.
The play stars Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Dark Shadows) and Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock Holmes”, the upcoming Star Trek 2) and they trade off roles – so there are two versions of the film with one of them playing the Monster in one and vice versa in the other.
Per Deadline, “Filmmaker Danny Boyle’s acclaimed production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at London’s National Theatre is coming to select U.S. cinemas on June 6 and 7. Boyle’s production of [Nick] Dear’s reinterpretation of the gothic tale was filmed twice, so audiences can see both men in both parts. Originally performed and recorded live in March of last year, Frankenstein will be broadcast to more than 200 U.S. movie theaters.”
Better figure out where it’s playing and line up, if you’re so inclined.
You’ve been hearing a lot of Danny Boyle’s stage play “Frankenstein,” but who cares if you’ll never see it? Wait, but you can, and you will!
Mary Shelley’s classic tale, adapted for the stage by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, will be broadcast LIVE in HD from the Nation Theater to cinemas around the world! Inside you’ll find the trailer and poster, while clicking here will provide you with a complete theater listing.
“Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.”
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller will alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.
As Danny Boyle’s new stage production of “Frankenstein” goes into previews at London’s National Theatre, his Oscar-nominated screenwriting collaborator Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) is working on a film project set in gangland Los Angeles.
It’s a venture called Sharp Teeth, and Beaufoy is hoping that Danny Boyle will jump onboard. He says: “If I write it well enough, he’ll direct it,” he told the BBC. “It’s an adaptation of a book by a writer called Toby Barlow (take a look inside) and it’s a very extraordinary mix of gangland Los Angeles, really, really rough — a lot of shootings — and the difference with this particular piece of work is that these gangs can shape-shift at will into packs of dogs.”
The BBC adds that Beaufoy has been researching his screenplay by riding along with the Los Angeles police.
Empire Magazine conducted an online chat with 127 Hours, Sunshine, 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle who provided a small nugget of an update on 28 Months Later, the potential 28 Days Later sequel that will complete a trilogy. “There is a good idea for it, and once I’ve got Frankenstein open, I’ll begin to think about it a bit more,” he tells a fan who asked about the long-gestured sequel. It’s nice to see him openly acknowledge his interest in returning the franchise he created. “Frankenstein” is his London stage play adaptation of Mary Shelly’s classic novella.
Fifty years from now, the sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star. But deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel. There is an accident, a fatal mistake, and a distress beacon from a spaceship that disappeared seven years earlier. Soon the crew is fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity.
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
The diabolical thriller Shallow Grave was the first film from director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, and screenwriter John Hodge (the smashing team behind Trainspotting). In it, three self-involved Edinburgh roommates—played by Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, and Ewan McGregor, in his first starring role—take in a brooding boarder, and when he dies of an overdose, leaving a suitcase full of money, the trio embark on a series of very bad decisions, with extraordinarily grim consequences for all. Macabre but with a streak of offbeat humor, this stylistically influential tale of guilt and derangement is a full-throttle bit of Hitchcockian nastiness.