New Images: Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire

The latest from the director of Trainspotting, Millions, and Sunshine

by | August 28, 2008 | Comments

Fox Searchlight has passed along new images from this fall’s Slumdog Millionaire, the latest film from director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Millions), about an illiterate Mumbai street kid who wins the jackpot on India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” game show. Check them out here!

Director Danny Boyle has amassed quite the varied filmography over the years, ranging from early films like Trainspotting and The Beach to the more recent 28 Days Later and Millions. His latest project, Slumdog Millionaire, follows the mysterious case of an Indian street orphan (Dev Patel) who wins the grand prize on a game show in order to reconnect with a lost love — but was it all blind luck, or was he cheating?

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The official synopsis:

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”

But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions.

Intrigued by Jamal’s story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show?

When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out…

Slumdog Millionaire is written by Simon Beaufoy, who also co-wrote this year’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and earned an Oscar nomination for The Full Monty. Beaufoy’s script is adapted from the international best-selling novel Q and A, by Indian diplomat and novelist Vikas Swarup.

Fox Searchlight and Warner Bros. will open Slumdog Millionaire in limited release November 28, 2008.

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