There are directors who seem to work solely in massive studio productions, and others that seem determined to stick with intimate indie-style flicks. Danny Boyle falls into the latter, though he says it’s not due to a distaste for the former. “I love watching those movies,” he insists. Nor is it that he can’t see the appeal. In fact, he flirted with the idea of directing Alien 4 many years ago.

Nowadays, he’s comfortable with the knowledge that $200 million pictures aren’t for him, and not even a franchise like James Bond can get him to change his mind. At a recent 92YTribeca event in New York City, Boyle divulged his thoughts on big-budget filmmaking, the Bond series, his brush with Alien, and more. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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For a long time now, Trainspotting director Danny Boyle has wanted to bring the cast of that film back together to make a new film, based on Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh‘s novel Porno. The idea is to pick up with the surviving Trainspotting characters ten years on, and Boyle has discussed his desire to make the film when the actors have aged appropriately. (Allowing that actors are perhaps better taken care of than their characters in the film, he needed a more significant interval than a single decade.)

Now, as Boyle’s new film Trance is about to be released, he says that he thinks he can get the Trainspotting cast back together to shoot the film in 2016. Read More »

In just a few weeks we’ll get to see a new Danny Boyle movie, and that’s pretty great. The film is Trance, and as the slice of art above suggests, it leaves the psyche of a man, played by James McAvoy, in less than perfect shape.

This new red-band trailer shows more of Boyle’s heavily-stylized return to all-out genre fare. It also give a taste of some of the more unpleasant moments in the film, and a hint or two of a couple of the more pleasurable moments, too.

And McAvoy’s character isn’t the only one who has his head messed with. There’s a payoff shot in this trailer that had me gobsmacked for a moment, before the gorehound in me took over and started giggling like mad. Check it out below — this one is definitely not safe for work, even if those unsafe flashes are fairly brief.  Read More »

This is essentially a big retweet, but it’s a good one, as Fox Searchlight has announced the US release date for Danny Boyle‘s new film Trance. The picture stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassell in a story about an art thief (McAvoy) who is injured while stealing a painting. He claims that amnesia prevents him from remembering where he stashed the loot, and so a crime boss (Cassell) employs a hypnotherapist (Dawson) to get the info out of the thief’s head.

The studio has announced an April 5 release for the film. More info, and a poster that ably captures what appears to be the very fragmented condition of McAvoy’s mind, follows after the break. Read More »

Danny Boyle looks like he’s having fun again. Let me clarify that, actually: Danny Boyle’s films always look like the product of a director who is having fun, but this time the movie seems like a pure genre exercise where his exuberance is going to be the dominant note.

Before Boyle dealt with the big decisions for last summer’s Olympic opening ceremony, he shot a movie called Trance, starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. The film is a loose remake of a TV film that ran in the UK in 2001, and looks like a gangland heist thriller with a hallucinogenic mindset underlying the action. McAvoy is an art thief who takes a knock on the head, after which he claims he can’t recall where he stashed the object of his last heist. Cassel is the ringleader who wants the missing loot, and Dawson is the hypnotist hired to get the info out of McAvoy’s head.

The trailer for Trance should be online for real tomorrow, but after Film 2013 on BBC1 premiered it tonight, some of the footage has come online.

Update: We’ve replaced the original partial embed with the full trailer.

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It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen a Danny Boyle movie (his last was 2010′s 127 Hours), but the Brit filmmaker’s been very busy in the meantime. He shot the art-heist thriller Trance in late 2011, took a break to direct the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012, and is now back at work putting the finishing touches on Trance.

James McAvoy stars as an art auctioneer who helps a gang of thieves (led by Vincent Cassel‘s Franck) steal a Goya masterpiece. After a blow to the head gives him amnesia, Franck hires a therapist (Rosario Dawson) to help jog his memory. The first stills and a new synopsis have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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Not surprisingly, today’s tidbits begin with Star Trek Into Darkness. After the jump:

  • Simon Pegg is laughing at your Star Trek fan theories
  • You can count out Danny Boyle for Bond 24
  • Clerks III already has a 70-page outline
  • Andy Serkis talks The Hobbit and Apes
  • A Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel is coming 
  • Barbara Hershey will return for Insidious 2
  • Wolverine, X-MenApes, and Percy Jackson go 3D

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Just over a year ago Simon Beaufoy — who won an Oscar for his Slumdog Millionaire script and went on to write 127 Hours — hoped that Danny Boyle would take a shine to his adaptation of the Toby Barlow novel Sharp Teeth. We kinda hoped Boyle would like the script, too, because it sounds nuts.

As Beaufoy explained about the LA gang tale: “the difference with this particular piece of work is that these gangs can shape-shift at will into packs of dogs. So it’s a police procedural mixed with a werewolf film. If you get it wrong, it’s a disaster. If you get right, it will be extraordinary.”

Thirteen months later, Danny Boyle has shot the thriller Trance, and is deep in prep for the London Olympics, after which he’ll get into the editing room to finish Trance. But after that, Beaufoy hopes that the Sharp Teeth will come out. He talked about the script in an interview this week while promoting Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Read More »

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