January 14, 2010

James Franco cast as mountain climber


If you've been around the outdoor community, or read pretty much any outdoor magazine, then I'm sure that you've heard of Aron Ralston.

For those of you who haven't heard of Ralston, he is the mountain climber that, in May 2003, was forced to amputate his own right forearm to free himself from a boulder after being stuck there for five days. It is pretty amazing story that eventually lead to a book (yes, he took video and photos during his five days).

And now there is a movie being made about his story.

The movie, 127 Hours, will be directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later) and it was recently announced that playing Ralston will be James Franco (The Spiderman Trilogy, Flyboys).

I think this will be an interesting movie and I am anxious to see how it is filmed. And judging by the story I'm sure that it will follow in the footsteps of Into the Wild and The River Why (which is set to be released in 2010). These are definitely movies focused toward the outdoor genre or at least the armchair outdoor wanna-be genre.

It's great to see Hollywood branching out from terrible remakes and get into the outdoor crowd.

(This is from Just Northwest)

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