Danny Boyle heads for Maximum City
Ever since Slumdog Millionaire, we have been wondering what Danny Boyle would do next. A couple of rumours came to nothing, but it looks like Boyle will be heading back to Mumbai.
He is to adapt Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. A book which provided him with inspiration during the filming of Slumdog Millionaire.
The post Oscar buzz had Danny Boyle directing James Bond and My Fair Lady. None of them have come to anything, but Boyle has found a future project. But he isn't venturing far from the site of his last triumph. He has the rights to Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta. And he has hired Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy to adapt the book.
The book is a non fiction work which is part memoir, part travel book and also looks at history of Mumbai. The author lived there as a child before moving to the US, only to return there as an adult. Beaufoy says the author is happy for him to take some creative license. He spoke to The Telegraph, through /Film.
Maximum City is a non-fiction work, so it will be a huge challenge to find the story in it. It is a wonderful book and I used it in my initial research for Slumdog. There are some great characters in the book, but no stories, so my job will be to get the fictional out of a non-fictional story. Suketu is very understanding about my creative input and flexible about many changes. I will have to come up with something to bring together all the characters from the book into something that can make a film.
Danny Boyle also used the book a lot, so I guess it's no surprise that he plans to make a film of it. It is a little surprising that he isn't taking a longer break before going back into it though. Perhaps making a different type of film in-between. Unless he has one planned before he starts work on this one. Then again who are we to argue.
Anyone read the book? Does it make good film material?