By now, I think most of us have given up on ever seeing that Trainspotting sequel, so at least we can get the next best thing, another Danny Boyle film. Variety reports that Celador Films and Film4 have given the green light for Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire. Slumdog will Boyle's first film with Film4 since working with them on A Life Less Ordinary, Trainspotting and Shallow Grave. Slumdog is based on the true story of a young street kid who goes on to be a champion on the Indian Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. But according to Boyle, the film is really a love story. Boyle describes the film as, "a love story set in the most extreme city on earth. The Maximum City -- Mumbai. From its slums, a kid challenges for the biggest prize on world television. All he knows is that the girl that he loves - and whom he has lost in the chaos of Mumbai - watches the show every night ... if he can stay on the show as long as possible, he might find her again".

Starring newcomer Dev Patel in the lead, the film was written by The Full Monty scribe, Simon Beaufoy. Boyle has always been drawn to different projects, ranging from horror to musicals, so a romance film isn't that far from the realm of possibility for the director (you can also read James' round table interview with the director here). Slumdog is set to start shooting on location in Mumbai this November.
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