Everyone is very excited about Danny Boyle's follow-up to his Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire. The director is reportedly set to begin filming the true mountaineering story 127 Hours this March with James Franco in the lead as a man forced to saw off his own arm after being pinned by a boulder. You should be able to see that movie in theaters sometime this fall.

After that, the next work of Boyle's you might be able to see is a production of Frankenstein. According to Variety, he's returning to the stage next winter for an adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic to be performed at the National Theater in London. Screenwriter Nick Pear (Persuasion) has penned the play, which will be filmed for a television airing for those who can't make out to the South Bank for the real deal.

For those unaware, the man who gave us such diverse films as Trainspotting, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Millions and The Beach started out in theater, directing for the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company for many, many years before making his first film, Shallow Grave, in 1995. He joked about his time away from the stage, being "distracted for 15 years by the movies."

I'm trying to imagine what Boyle's version of Frankenstein will look like, but given that he's done so many different types of movies, it's not that easy. And given that Pear is apparently working from the original novella, the play will presumably avoid similarities with James Whale's 1931 film, from which most of us (and pop culture in general) have gotten our idea of what the Monster looks like.

The one thing that keeps coming to mind, though, is that the Monster might end up finding a bag of cash in Boyle's production. Money is a constant motivator in his films, after all, whether its in found suitcases, in the form of large supplies of drugs or the prize in a game show. Maybe instead of literal money, Boyle's Frankenstein will be a metaphorical commentary on money -- the monster that man created, which now destroys him. Okay, I know, that's totally overthinking it.
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