Danny Boyle announces new John Paul Getty III drama ‘Trust’

British director's new 10-part series looks at the kidnapping of oil-fortune heir

British director Danny Boyle has today (March 15) announced that he will be releasing a new 10 part TV drama series entitled Trust.

The UK director is known for his films such as Trainspotting, Steve Jobs and Slumdog Millionaire, besides curating and producing the opening ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

According to Vanity Fair, Boyle is set to make a return to TV with Trust, a new series looking at the tragic tale of oil-fortune heir J. Paul Getty III, who was kidnapped and held ransom for five months in the Calabria mountains near Rome, Italy. Getty’s ear was hacked off and mailed to a Roman newspaper after his father, Paul Getty, refused to pay a multi-million dollar ransom fee.


FOX – who will be airing the series – have described the show as “equal parts family history, dynastic saga and satirical examination of the corrosive power of money.”

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In November 2015, Danny Boyle admitted that his latest film, Steve Jobs, brought in “disappointing” box office figures.

Steve Jobs, which stars Michael Fassbender as the co-founder of Apple Inc, made $9.98million (£6.5million) over its opening weekend – less than a third of its estimated $30million (£19.5million) production budget. Many leading US commentators have already branded the biographical drama a “flop”.

When it opened in the US on October 23 2015, Boyle’s film was given a wide release on 2,493 cinema screens. However, its release has since been scaled back to just 421 screens, mainly located in major cities.

“It’s very disappointing that when it was released wide across America it didn’t really work, so it’s retreated back now to the main cities,” Boyle told the BBC. “It’s very easy in hindsight, but I think it’s probably that we released it too wide too soon.”

However, Boyle refused to blame backers Universal Pictures for Steve Jobs‘ disappointing box office figures, saying: “The history of the film is we were dropped by Sony, and Universal have been exemplary in the way they’ve stood up for the film, promoted [it] and supported us throughout the whole process – and I think are genuinely very proud of the film.”

“Yeah sure, you might have done it in a different way… but you know, you’ve got to get on now,” he added. “And actually you hope that people will still find the film – because I think those that do obviously find it very rewarding.”

Boyle’s film – which has a script by The West Wing‘s Aaron Sorkin and a supporting cast led by Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen – has received mostly positive reviews from film critics. Both Fassbender and Winslet are thought to be in strong contention for Oscar nominations.

Steve Jobs opens in UK cinemas today (November 13). Read the NME review here.