According to Backpacker Magazine, the next project for Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle is a film called 127 Hours, which will detail the ordeal of Aron Ralson, the hiker who had his arm trapped beneath a boulder a few years back, and was ultimately forced to cut it off using a pocket knife.
Boyle, who won critical acclaim with last year’s Slumdog Millionaire, is already in production on the film, and it is scheduled for release sometime late next year. There are no actors attached to the project yet, but Backpacker says that Ryan Gosling is rumored to be interested in the role.
Ralson was hiking in Blue John Canyon in Utah back in 2003 when he was scrambling up one of the hills, and a boulder became dislodged, crushing his arm, and pinning him against the canyon wall. He was there for five days, waiting for help, but when eh was out of water, and no rescue came, he took matters into his own hands, performing an amputation of his own arm.
The story captured national attention at the time, and Ralston has remained a bit of a celebrity in outside circles. He is a frequent quest lecturer, and continues to hike, climb, and explore the outdoors. His story seems like a natural one for the big screen and it should be handled well by Boyle. Can’t wait to see it.
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