James Cameron to Present CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Movie Written and Directed by Andrew Adamson

     January 10, 2012

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Cirque du Soleil is a unique experience that everyone should see at least once.  Paramount and James Cameron are going to try and make that happen by taking Cirque du Soleil out of the massive tent and bringing it into comparatively tiny theaters.  The film, entitled Cirque du Soleil World Away, will be written and directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek) and be released in 3D because 3D is immersive and if you’re not immersed then you clearly hate cinema.  Worlds Away will have an original story, and show off the acrobatics and absolutely bizarre tone Cirque has become known for.  Don’t tell your kids, “Oh!  It’s a circus!”  They will be disappointed.  Instead, tell them “We’re going to see a man try to stick his head up his own ass!  In 3D!”

Hit the jump for the full press release.  Cirque du Soleil World Away will be released later this year.

cirque-du-soleil-image-01Here’s the press release:

PARAMOUNT AND CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TO PARTNER ON “CIRQUE DU SOLEIL WORLDS AWAY”, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ANDREW ADAMSON,

AND PRESENTED BY JAMES CAMERON

Studio to Release the 3D Event Film, Worldwide in 2012

HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 10, 2012) – Paramount Pictures and Cirque du Soleil jointly announced today that the studio has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the Cirque du Soleil 3D feature film entitled “Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away”. Written and directed by Andrew Adamson (“Shrek,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”), and executive produced by Academy Award ® winning filmmaker James Cameron, the 3D film event features artistic and acrobatic performances from some of the most elaborate Cirque du Soleil productions.  The film was produced by Adamson, Aron Warner, Cirque’s Martin Bolduc and Ed Jones and Cary Granat. Vince Pace oversaw the 3D stereo production aspect of the film.

A number of production companies collaborated to bring the film to life.  In addition to Cirque, Warner and Adamson’s Strange Weather Productions, Reel FX and Cameron Pace Group all contributed to this groundbreaking production.

“The coupling of filmmaker James Cameron’s groundbreaking 3D visual accomplishments and Andrew Adamson’s beautiful direction, combined with a timeless original story written especially for this movie, will make for a truly amazing moviegoeing experience for audiences of all ages ” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures.

Said Jacques Méthé, Executive Producer, General Manager, Images, Events, Lifestyle of Cirque du Soleil, “This 3D event brings the spectator beyond what they could see at a show, it takes them on the stage. This unique point of view allows the audience to discover the artistic details of our productions and reveal the human spirit that our artists bring to the audience in their performances. Jim and Andrew have masterfully captured what a Cirque du Soleil 3D experience could offer and Paramount will present it to the world.

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