Hey. Hans back with more news. If you’re anything like me, you’re dying to know Danny Boyle’s next movie. We might just have it.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Boyle has bought the film rights to Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, a 2004 book by Indian-born journalist Suketu Mehta. The book sprawlingly documents the seedy happenings in Mumbai, Boyle’s setting for the masterpiece Slumdog Millionaire. Mehta apparently immersed himself in the drug and crime culture of Mumbai, crafting rich non-fiction narrative out of it. Sounds like a great read, and Boyle has credited it for providing insights into Mumbai that he used in making Slumdog.
It isn’t certain whether or not Boyle will direct or even adapt the book himself. It might be something that he wants to farm out or possibly shop around as a miniseries (pure speculation on my part). But this gets me excited. He did such a good job depicting Mumbai in Slumdog and it would be great to see him go back there for another story.
In other news, our good friends over at Latino Review report that Columbia has secured a scribe for their upcoming Total Recall remake. It will be writer Kurt Wimmer, who is also working with Columbia on the Phillip Noyce-directed thriller Salt, which will star Angelina Jolie and where Wimmer will share a writing credit with the great Brian Helgeland. He also co-wrote the F. Gary Gray directed Law Abiding Citizen for Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler at the Film Department.
I’m not sure how I feel about the idea of the Total Recall remake. Could be good. Could be bad. It all really depends on what they do with the Arnold character. He has left some big shoes to fill. The director that they pick will also say a lot. I kind of wish they would have put McG on this and let someone talented do Terminator Salvation.