Olswang closes Danny Boyle film deal

Olswang has advised independent film company Celador Films on the new film by Danny Boyle, the British director behind Trainspotting and 28 Days Later.

Film partner James Kay closed the deal on new title Slumdog Millionaire six weeks early after the team simplified the documentation to make it more user-friendly.

Kay said: “We approached it more innovatively, cutting to exactly what each of the parties needed.”

Slumdog Millionaire will be released next year and concerns an illiterate boy from the Indian slums who appears on the Indian version of gameshow Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

The film stars Dev Patel, who is known for his role as wannabe rudeboy Anwar Kharral in E4 teen drama Skins, and is based on Vikas Swarup’s novel Q&A. Patel’s character appears on gameshow “Kaun Banega Crorepati” and ends up winning the jackpot.

James Kay’s team was involved in negotiations on the project from the development stages through to preparation of agreements used on the Mumbai shoot and to the director’s agreement and financing and distribution arrangements.

The Olswang film team, which comprises four partners and seven associates, has worked with Celador since its inception in 2004, advising on films including Dirty Pretty Things, Separate Lies and The Descent.

Film4, the co-developer and co-financer on the project, was advised by in-house legal head Paul Grindey. Distributors Pathe Pictures and Warner Independent Pictures also took in-house advice.