Almost all of the films directed by Danny Boyle deal with some kind of get rich scheme. Sometimes, as in Shallow Grave and Millions, the money comes by accident. Other times, like in The Beach and A Life Less Ordinary, they involve failed attempts to illegally make some dough. It's been awhile since I've seen it, so I really can't remember how the robbery in Trainspotting goes, but it's there even if the main deal of that movie is getting high, not rich. As for 28 Days Later, and I'm guessing the upcoming Sunshine, there is no wealth to be had, but Boyle's next film, Slum Dog Millionaire, which has been scripted by The Full Monty writer Simon Beaufoy, will again be dealing with a large sum of money.

As we told you a few weeks ago, Boyle is already in pre-production on Slum Dog, which we only knew involves a true story about a boy from the slums of Mumbai who wins big on India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. But instead of the boy being really smart, as we had thought, it now turns out the film's protagonist is illiterate and not well-educated. We learn this from Time Out's movie blog, which got a good deal of the plot synopsis out of Boyle for a recent podcast. The director says the film will show how the boy luckily knew all the answers because they all related to experiences in his life. His win was apparently a big shock to the show's producers, who suspected the boy of cheating. The best part of the story, though, is that the boy didn't mean to do so well; he only wanted to go on television in the hopes it would help him find his love, a girl who he'd lost connection with. Sounds like another fairy tale perfectly suited for Boyle.