Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours is to get its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
The film, writer-director Boyle’s eagerly awaited follow-up to multiple Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire, is expected to screen as a special presentation at the September 9-19 festival, where Slumdog was the audience award winner two years ago. TIFF officials declined to comment.
Written by Boyle and his Slumdog co-writer Simon Beaufoy, the film stars James Franco in the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston and his efforts to save himself after a boulder traps him in an isolated Utah canyon. Over the course of five days Ralston examines his past life and finds the courage to extricate himself by drastic means.
The project, produced by Slumdog’s Christian Colson, was backed by Pathe Pictures, which is handling international sales, and Fox Searchlight, which will distribute in the US with a November 5 release date set. Boyle signed a three-year deal with Pathe and Searchlight last summer.