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Thursday, 8 January 2009

Danny Boyle talks about 28 Months Later, remaking Lady Vengeance, Judge Dredd and Porno

Empire Online recently held a webchat with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle who, while talking about future projects, revealed that he's been asked to direct an English-language remake of Chan-wook Park's Lady Vengeance. Here are some of the snippets from the chat below, where he also discusses the 28 Days Later franchise and more.

Kinema asks: What do you think of the Asian Film Industry, mainly South Korea and Hong Kong? A lot of South Korean movies are being made into US Remakes. Would you ever consider remaking a good South Korean movie, maybe Oldboy?

Seriously, I was just asked to do a remake of Lady Vengeance, the one after Oldboy. My favourite is Audition.

Ruffcut asks: How close did you come to directing Alien 4?

Oh my God, that one. Very close actually. In fact I met Sigourney and Winona, which was a great pleasure. Had chips – French fries I should say – with Winona. But I backed out of it. I was terrified of the special effects.

Film Brain asks: What was it like to make something like Slumdog Millionaire after the rather dark Sunshine?

Bits of Slumdog are quite dark early on. It's not quite the feelgood movie of the decade all the way through. But the contrast between the isolation of outer space and the 21+ million inhabitants of Mumbai was welcome.

thebestnameshavegone asks: Is there any news regarding Terry Pratchett's Bromeliad Trilogy which you were mooted to be involved with?

Oh God, yeah. It's fallen apart. Frank Cotrell Boyce (Millions) and I were going to do it for DreamWorks but sadly no longer. Sorry about that - wonderful novel(s).

brent71195 asks: Any plans for the Judge Dredd movie Danny? Are you a fan or is it just something that interests you?

Where has this come from? Someone asked me about Judge Dredd the other day! Well... ha! I hated the last version of it; I can't imagine the next one will be any better.

djimi42 asks: What is the future of the 28 Days franchise? Is there any possibility you could direct 28 Months Later?

Yeah, we've got a good idea for the third one. Very strange. And sadly we've run out of time to tell you about it...

blackmores hat asks: Can I ask what's the state of play on Porno?

Just waiting for the original actors to age. Help them if you can. Take them out drinking - get them away from the spas and those moisturisers.
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