Danny Boyle shakes routine on "Slumdog Millionaire"

Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:00am EST
 
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Director Danny Boyle made his name making British films for U.K. audiences, but with "Slumdog Millionaire" Boyle has taken his show to India and the United States hoping to propel his new movie to global success.

Boyle, famous for unconventional storytelling in films such as drug drama "Trainspotting" and zombie flick "28 Days Later," told Reuters that working in India and telling a story about Indians with a mostly local cast made "Slumdog" seem "fresh."

That freshness is now paying off as "Slumdog," the tale of a poor boy who gets a shot at winning millions in a television game show, has earned rave reviews at festivals in Telluride, Colorado and Toronto, and even Oscar buzz in Hollywood. It debuts in major U.S. cities on Wednesday.

Moreover, Boyle was frustrated by the release of his recent sci-fi adventure "Sunshine," which was seen first in Britain. A poor showing at British box offices gave "Sunshine" little momentum as it rolled into U.S. theaters, a critical market for financial success where it earned only $3.6 million.

"I had always wanted my films released in Britain because I am from there," he said. "(But) you learn that this (the U.S.) is a much better market to monitor how a film is going to do.

"It is all or nothing in the U.K. and we did it all and it ("Sunshine") did very little. It didn't do well and they blamed it on that," he said.

"Slumdog" is scheduled to land in U.K. theaters fully two months after it begins its run in the United States.

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<p>English director Danny Boyle poses for a portrait during a press day for his new film "Slumdog Millionaire" in New York, October 24, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>