After Slumdog Millionaire cleaned up at this years Oscars, including a Best Director win for Danny Boyle, the director spent a few months deciding what his next film would be. Eventually it was announced that Boyle would be directing 127 Hours, a film that is based on the story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days.
Now according to Production Weekly James Franco will play Ralston, and filming is expected to begin in early March in Utah. This is a chance for Franco to really shine as an actor, as apparently the film will contain over one hour without dialogue, so he will have to keep audiences engaged for a long length of time with only his face.
The script was written by Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for his Slumdog Millionaire screenplay, and Fox Searchlight aim to release 127 Hours towards the end of 2010 in time for Oscar season.