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Here’s How ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Became An Oscar Dark Horse

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Released in 2008, Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of an unlikely teen millionaire. As a shock to many, the film dominated at the Oscars with eight wins, including Best Picture. There was one point, however, that none of this would’ve been possible.

Taking It To India

Following Trainspotting and 28 Days Later, director Danny Boyle was on the hunt for his next project. Fortunately, he bumped into Simon Beaufoy, who had finished the screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire. After taking a look at the script, Boyle agreed to work on the film.

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With the cast fully chosen, Boyle needed a bit more cash to fully compensate everyone. Warner Independent Pictures, which was established in 2003, decided to throw in some money to buy the film’s rights.

A Double Dose Of Trouble

With a distribution deal, Boyle was ready to release the film to a worldwide audience. Unfortunately, there was a major snafu in the system. Warner Independent Pictures was shut down months before the film’s screening at the Telluride Film Festival. Luckily, Warner Bros simply placed the film in its own release calendar.

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Boyle wasn’t out of the woods yet. At the time, Warner Bros. had an extremely packed release schedule. With an added disinterest in the film, the studio was planning on simply giving it a straight to DVD release. If this were to happen, Slumdog Millionaire would’ve seen zero major accolades to its name. The film would’ve been on everyone’s list of criminally overlooked films of all time.

In The Clear

In a surprise moment, Warner Bros decided to team up with Fox for Slumdog Millionaire’s release. Upon its release, both studios were skeptical in how it would fare. With no big names attached, the film went on to accumulate $377 million against a $15 million budget.

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Aside from its Oscar glory, the film gained numerous wins at nearly every single award ceremony. Not bad for a film that would’ve been placed in the bargain bin upon its release.

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