The 2012 London Olympics saw the rumor that Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) would direct the opening ceremony, and raised it a Stephen Daldry (The Reader). The pair of British filmmakers are part of a four-man team that will organize the opening and closing ceremonies for the Summer Olympics. Hit the jump for comments from Boyle his approach to the job.
The opening ceremony 2008 Beijing Olympics were orchestrated by director Zhang Yimou (Hero), and went over like gangbusters with the global television audience of one billion. With a lower budget, Boyle cautioned not to expect such a grand scale for his ceremony:
“You have got to acknowledge that it is not going to be like Beijing in terms of this overwhelming, intimidating scale. It will be more modest than that. But our job is to make sure that within those means it is spectacular and delivers a thrilling welcoming to the opening of the Games.” [Reuters]
With the raw energy inherent in Boyle’s filmmaking, I can’t imagine anything but coolness emanating from a Boyle-led live event intended for the consumption of a billion people. (Although, the 28 Days Later director did rule out the possibility of the undead, reassuring that “zombies would not be running around on stage.”) Plus, Daldry is a very classy choice for a partner-in-crime.
Boyle’s next film will isolate James Franco in the snowy peaks of Utah for 127 Hours, the tale of mountain climber Aron Ralston, who amputated his own arm with a dull knife when it was trapped under a boulder.
Daldry plans to adapt Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the story of “a nine-year-old amateur inventor, jewelry designer, astrophysicist, tambourine player and pacifist, as he searches New York for the lock that matches a mysterious key left by his father when he was killed in the September 11 attacks.”