“Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle tells me he’s returning to Mumbai next week.He has not been back since August, having completed filming there in February. He arrived again in N.Y. today (Monday), after publicity stops with the film in Paris (where, he says, half of the financing was raised) and Italy last week and continues to L.A. Thursday for both a cocktail’er, as well as a screening of his chef d’oeuvre followed, of course by yet another q.&a. by the very affable Boyle. He laughingy recalled being home in bed last week in London, not having done a q.&a. that night (after 20 consecutive ones). “I awoke with a start,” he laughed. Also going back to Mumbai later this week is Gail Stevens who worked on casting the film. (“She is the mother of my three children,” he added and “I’ll look after them while she’s in India. ), Following last week’s horror, Boyle wants to spend time, with the very youngest children who worked on his film. (The older, lead duo players have already traveled with Boyle in his inter-continental stops).
In view of the still-unidentified cause(s) of the Mumbai massacre,would Boyle return to make another film in India? “Of course,” he said, “I would certainly go back,” asking, “Would you have told people not to return to work (filming) in New York -after 9/11? London-Madrid? ” Furthermore as we spoke about Mumbai, –and India, he said he now does have an idea for another film–in Mumbai–a murder mystery. He talked about the possible locations–one the giant VIcoria Terminal, seething with humanity as seen in “Slumdogs.” Other sites were locations used in the movie–but not the Taj Mahal hotel, the site of the multiple murders. Opportunities for more questions–and answers are sure to continue with the affable Boyle through the campaign season..