Methuselah

Danny Boyle will direct Methuselah for Warner Bros., with hopes of launching a franchise. And Boyle and Warners have lined-up a great lead actor to get things going: Michael B. Jordan. Early drafts of the script were inspired by the biblical figure of Methuselah, who lived for 969 years. But a “new approach” is being taken now, which suggests they might want to change the title.

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Frankenstein Stage Production

In 2011, the Royal National Theatre in London staged a production of Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. And this was no normal take on Mary Shelley’s classic tale. To change things up, Cumberbatch and Miller would alternate their roles, with each actor having an opportunity to play both Dr. Frankenstein and his creation. The productions were filmed, and have been previously broadcast in movie theaters, but now, the National Theatre’s YouTube page will stream both versions on two different dates.

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danny boyle's bond

Before Cary Fukunaga landed in the director’s chair, and before the movie’s release was bumped due to coronavirus fears, No Time to Die was going to be directed by Danny Boyle. Boyle reportedly clashed behind-the-scenes and his take on Bond apparently didn’t mesh with the powers-that-be. While we still don’t have all the details about what Danny Boyle’s Bond was going to be, the film’s production designer recently dropped some clues, calling Boyle’s take “crazy” and “madcap.”

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yesterday clip

Push your troubles a little farther away with this exclusive clip and giveaway from Danny Boyle‘s new musical Yesterday. The musical rom-com penned by Richard Curtis and directed by Boyle arrives on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD tomorrow, and you have a chance to win a new record player and vinyl copy of the soundtrack. Not convinced? Well, get a taste of what you’ll be winning with an exclusive Yesterday clip showing how star Himesh Patel sang all of his Beatles covers live during the film.

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yesterday script changes

Yesterday, the latest film from director Danny Boyle, had one of the all-time great movie premises: what if a struggling musician woke up to realize that the rest of the world had forgotten the music of The Beatles? The movie hit theaters at the end of last month and has made $68 million worldwide so far on a reported $26 million budget – not exactly a runaway hit, but not a failure, either.

Now writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, About Time) is sounding off about some of the alterations Boyle made to the screenplay, and you can judge for yourselves whether you think these Yesterday script changes improved or worsened the final product. Warning: spoilers ahead. Read More »

yesterday lyric video

Never expect a downer of a movie from writer-director Richard Curtis. Love ActuallyNotting HillFour Weddings and a Funeral – his scripts are almost always packed with pure joy. Curtis made a long impressive list of crowd-pleasers, plus a holiday classic that never fails to brighten up the holidays. His scripts are generally packed with pure joy, so his sensibility makes for a fine fit for a movie largely about The Beatles.

Danny Boyle‘s Yesterday is based on an idea by Jack Birth (The Simpsons) and Curtis, who brings his nice and light rom-com touch to a high-concept. As Curtis told us, the movie has much in common with his last film, About Time, his final movie as a director. When we spoke with the writer about writing Boyle’s latest, he told us about his favorite feel-good movies, writing about The Beatles, and not missing directing.

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The beach prequel series

After Danny Boyle returned to one of his classic films with T2: Trainspotting, it seems the director has gotten a taste for sequels. Or prequels, in the case of his 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio-starring drama The Beach, which Boyle says is currently being worked into a prequel television series.

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Yesterday Review

Early in Yesterday, Himesh Patel’s sad sack musician-turned-unlikely-sensation offhandedly describes The Beatles as a pop group — a massively understated description for one of the most influential music groups of all time. But it’s a surprisingly fitting analog for Yesterday as a film: This is a movie as a pop song. Sweet and sentimental, Yesterday gestures toward some greater meaning, only to fall back on lazily written tropes that fail to make anything of its clever concept.

Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, Yesterday has everything going for it: a soundtrack jam-packed with time-honored classics, charming leads, and the stylings of two respected creatives who together seem an odd pair — Boyle the flashy auteur, Curtis the sentimental savant — but could have made movie magic. Could have. Instead, what Boyle and Curtis deliver is a middling marriage of their disparate styles in a film that wastes its fresh and unique premise for a plot that more closely resembles a generic music biopic.

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3rd 28 days later movie

It took a little bit longer than 28 months, but a third 28 Days Later movie is finally crawling back to life. Danny Boyle, who directed the first zombie horror hit, confirmed that he is returning to the 28 Days franchise with a “wonderful” idea from Ex Machina director and his old collaborator Alex Garland, who wrote the 2002 original.

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Director Danny Boyle famously departed James Bond 25 last year after creative differences with longtime franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. And it sounds like the experience of trying to make that situation work was enough for Danny Boyle to be weary of ever trying to take the helm of an established franchise ever again. Read More »