Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' Toronto-bound?

'Slumdog Millionaire' had world premiere at the fest

TORONTO -- As the fall season for indie releases takes shape, so too is the Toronto International Film Festival's September lineup.

Fox Searchlight Pictures setting a Nov. 5 theatrical date for Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" has raised speculation the mountain climbing drama starring James Franco will receive a world premiere in Toronto.

Boyle's Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" began its awards-season success after it picked up the 2008 People's Choice Award in Toronto, voted on by festival audiences, following a world premiere here.

Toronto organizers, who these days are shuffling dates, times, guests and house sizes to nail down the festival's Sept. 9 to 19 lineup, had no comment on Boyle's latest film possibly coming here.

They also remained tight-lipped about a possible Toronto berth for Doug Liman's "Fair Game," based on the book by outed CIA Agent Valerie Plame and produced by Summit Entertainment.

The Sean Penn and Naomi Watts-starrer and Oscar-contender is also set for a November theatrical bow, as is Alex Gibney's "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" documentary from Magnolia Pictures, which was booked into Toronto on Wednesday (HR, 8/4).

Another Oscar contender that remains as yet elusive to Toronto programmers is Julie Taymor's "The Tempest," which will bow in Venice as the closing night on Sept. 11, and will have its North American premiere on Oct. 2 as the Centerpiece Selection of the New York Film Festival.

Disney's Touchstone plans a Dec. 10 theatrical release for the Helen Mirren-starrer from Miramax.

Toronto plans to release its Canadian lineup on August 10.

Mike Clattenberg's "Afghan Luke," which stars Nick Stahl ("Terminator 3") as a journalist in Afghanistan investigating whether Canadian military snipers mutilated the bodies of dead Taliban fighters, won't be ready for Toronto.

The indie pic, which features a cameo by Lewis Black, looks more likely to go to Sundance or Berlin for a world bow.
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