Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry to direct 2012 Olympics
Confirmation! It has this morning been announced that directors Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry will be co-ordinating the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. Daldry will be in overall creative charge of ceremonies while Boyle will be artistic director of the opening ceremony itself. Bring it on!
So who are these crazy guys? For those unfamiliar with their work, Danny Boyle is the man who brought us Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and is about to start directing a stage version of Frankenstein at the National Theatre. Stephen Daldry brought us The Hours, as well as the massive Broadway and West-End smash musical Billy Elliott. Prety good creds then? Yeah, we think so too.
Oscar-winner Boyle said he was honoured: “It’s a completely unique opportunity to contribute to what I’m sure are going to be a fantastic games. I’m really excited to be involved.” Yeah, we bet you are, Danny boy. The London team have got £40 million to play with for the four ceremonies, significantly less than the £70m budget granted to the Chinese film director Zhang Yimou for the 2008 Beijing games. Still, restrictions generally means more creativity, and we can’t wait to see what the lads come up with.