Danny Boyle Scratches Slum Dog Itch

Director Danny Boyle (“Sunshine,” “28 Days Later”) is presently in pre-production on his next film “Slum Dog Millionaire”, penned by Simon Beaufoy (“The Full Monty”).

Now, in an interview for Time Out, Boyle has spilled some plot details about the true story turned film – “It’s about a kid from the slums of Mumbai, who has nothing – he’s ill educated, he’s illiterate – and he goes on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ and wins it. And they can’t believe that he’s done it. They think he’s cheated. They think he’s getting signals from embedded chips in his body, or that there are people coughing in the audience, but he won it.”

Boyle also elaborates some more – “What’s clever about the film is that the structure shows you how he knows the answers. Certain things have happened to him in his life and they happen to ask questions about those things. But the real reason he’s on the show is to get in touch with the girl he loves but has lost in the chaos of Mumbai, and all he knows is that she watches the show religiously. So he’s not even there to win the money, but that’s when you win I suppose, when you’re not even trying.”

Filming is set to start on location in Mumbai soon. Boyle also remains attached to ‘Ponte Tower’, a political thriller about one of South Africa’s most prrestigious landmarks which became overrun and populated by violent gangs. Art present Michael Thomas is currently working on the script.