Danny Boyle Taking Frankenstein to the Olympics

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Finally a reason to watch this summer’s Olympic Games… well, at least the opening ceremony. Fresh off of bringing the Frankenstein monster to life on the London stage, visionary director Danny Boyle is readying some Mary Shelley inspired hijinx for the big competitive dance.

According to The Huffington Post filmmaker Danny Boyle borrowed ideas from Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein when drawing up plans for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London this summer.

The 28 Days Later director signed on to orchestrate the sporting spectacular’s kick-off event in July, and he admits the task of creating a jaw-dropping show to be viewed by millions of people hasn’t been easy.

He tells Vogue, “It’s a challenge, of course, because it can easily be just a cold spectacle – awe-inspiring but not necessarily of the heart – and we want the ceremony to have a visceral effect on the people, for it to be a collective experience. Stirring emotion is hard in a stadium.”

But the Oscar winner reveals he found inspiration in an unlikely place – Frankenstein, which fuses elements of romanticism and the creation of life. He adds, “(There is) quite a lot of Frankenstein in the show. I mean, we don’t reanimate dead creatures, but we did use Frankenstein as a dry run for a lot of ideas for this.”

And if Boyle’s vision is realised, he says the the venue will look “more like a cauldron, with all the people hovering over and around you”.

You can bet we’ll be there watching on Friday, July 27th, with the rest of the world!

Danny Boyle Taking Frankenstein to the Olympics

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