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Aron Ralston, the climber who famously cut off his own hand to escape from a boulder that pinned him in a Utah canyon, is getting the film treatment: Danny Boyle and the Oscar-winning team behind Slumdog Millionaire have announced plans to film Ralston’s story for a late 2010 release.
127 Hours will portray Ralston’s harrowing and now famous survival tale in Blue John Canyon, where he used a dull multi-tool to cut free his arm after being pinned by a boulder for days. Ralston climbed to safety and was later rescued.
Ralston’s story generated country-wide fervor and even a bit of controversy in the outdoors community. Ralston has continued climbing and giving motivational speeches across the country.
No actor has been confirmed for the role, though Ryan Gosling is rumored to be interested. The Aron Ralston story certainly has all the makings of a blockbuster movie—would you watch it? Let us know in the comments section below.
Boyle, Searchlight firm mountaineer tale (Variety) via The Goat