Danny Boyle to helm London Olympics ceremony?
He had won an Oscar and raked in millions with his story of a Mumbai urchin's struggle to find true love in Slumdog Millionaire and British filmmaker Danny Boyle has now been approached to direct the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.world Updated: Jun 06, 2010 16:16 IST
He had won an Oscar and raked in millions with his story of a Mumbai urchin's struggle to find true love in Slumdog Millionaire and British filmmaker Danny Boyle has now been approached to direct the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
Boyle whose film captured the heat, dust and the underbelly of Mumbai city, won plaudits for his visual imagery and the organisers believe that he is the perfect choice to helm the high-profile event which will be telecast around the world, reported Times Online.
Boyle, known for his school of off-beat cinema, has been asked to portray Britain as an open, diverse society in the ceremony that will have a live audience of about 80,000 and will be seen by billions around the world on television.
The 53-year-old who lives near the site of the Games in east London, is understood to be the preferred candidate of the Olympics organisers who will make their final choice over the summer.
Organisers have been discreetly sounding out the leading directors in British film and music, with Boyle on top of their list.
"We want the most imaginative ceremony the world has ever seen. Nothing has been signed yet, but we do fully expect him to do it," a source said.
Boyle declined to confirm his involvement, saying, "I can't say any more. It would be lovely, wouldn't it?"
But the director was optimistic about the impact of the Games on his neighbourhood.
"It feels like it's a project that will bed itself in the East End and do a lot of good," he said.
The Lancashire-born director was credited with reinvigorating Britain's film industry in the 1990s with movies that included an adaptation of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh's gritty novel about Scottish drug addicts.
Boyle has recently finished filming '127 Hours', based on the ordeal of Aron Ralston, a mountaineer who cut off his own arm in April 2003 when it became trapped under a boulder.