London fest gets its own 'Millionaire'

Danny Boyle pic wil be closing-night film

LONDON -- Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" has been tapped to close this year's upcoming London Film Festival.

Boyle's movie details the story of an 18-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai who finds himself just one question away from winning 20 million rupees ($500,000) on India's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

Adapted for the screen by Simon Beaufoy from Vikas Swarup's best-selling novel "Q and A," "Millionaire" is produced by Christian Colson and executive produced by Tessa Ross and Paul Smith. Pathe Distribution will release the Film4-funded film in the U.K. in early 2009, with Pathe International handling international sales.

London Film Festival artistic director Sandra Hebron said Boyle's movie should bring the event to "a vibrant and cheering close."

The festival, which runs Oct. 15-30, opens with "Frost/Nixon." The full lineup will be announced Sept. 10.