In the script: Beaufoy, Boyle and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

 

There was no way that Danny Boyle, the cutting-edge British director of Trainspotting and 28 Days Later, was going to do a film about a subject as pedestrian as a TV game show.

Or so he thought.

"The producer sent me the script," he says of Slumdog Millionaire, which has taken in $56 million at the box office, fetched 10 Oscar nominations and is the current favorite for best picture. "My agent or someone told me it was about Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

But before Boyle could toss it aside, he caught the name of the screenwriter: Simon Beaufoy, whose first Oscar bid was for The Full Monty, the surprise international hit from 1997.

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