Danny Boyle is one of my favorite filmmakers. He has the rare ability to jump into different genres and insert a fresh and vital blast of energy into whatever he does, and his films are always full of this propulsive quality that allows us to feel his excitement for the material come through the screen in the final product. He hardly ever repeats himself stylistically, so it’s interesting to me that his next project sounds as if it shares a few qualities with his most recent big screen effort.
Variety reports that Boyle will direct Smash and Grab, a heist film based on a 2012 documentary called Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers. Boyle, the director of movies like Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, and Trainspotting, just finished a heist film called Trance that came out earlier this year, so it’s intriguing that he’s returning to something so thematically similar so quickly. But Trance was about much more than just heists – it was an exploration of the human psyche, really – so perhaps this movie will be a more slick, stylized, straightforward retelling of this crazy true story. For a tale like this one, you probably don’t need to take too many dramatic licenses in order to make it captivating – the real story of how this team stole over $300 million is astonishing enough. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what he does with this story.
If you’re interested, feel free to check out my interview with Boyle from earlier this year:
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