Danny Boyle Plans for Streamlined Olympic Opening in London
As of today, we are officially 632 days away from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Danny Boyle will serve as artistic director for the Opening Ceremonies and maintains that such an event will be a bit more refined versus the four-hour spectacle that premiered during the 2008 Beijing Games.
“We’re trying to do something different, because I don’t think England could quite top Beijing,” Boyle told Britain’s Evening Standard. It would be foolish to try because it was such a massive thing.”
“So we’re going to start again really and go back to basics,” he added. “What’s most important is not the opening ceremony. It’s the Games that follow it.”
The 54-year-old Oscar-winning director, whose latest film, 127 Hours, concluded the 54th annual London Film Festival last week, goes on to explain that his main focus will be on the athletes. He also hopes to draw from Britain’s rich rock ‘n’ roll history, which could be absolutely brilliant don’t you think?
“Think about who we’ve produced — the likes of David Bowie, Jimmy Page, The Smiths, Stone Roses and New Order… you would imagine it would be a big part of the ceremony.”
The Opening Ceremonies kick off July 27, 2012 at the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium in Stratford.