It’s just a day until the London Olympics Opening Ceremony and the man behind it all, Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, is letting loose a few hints about what to expect.
“Nothing can prepare you for the scale,” Boyle told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Thursday. The show, two years in the making, will have an estimated audience of more than a billion people.
The bar is high: Beijing’s 2008 spectacle, also directed by a filmmaker, featured more than 15,000 performers over 4 hours and cost over $100 million to produce. It was a much-loved production that many called the greatest Opening Ceremony ever.
This Ceremony, said Boyle, is “a wonderful way to start again. Beijing was beyond compare. It was on a scale that is unimaginable, I think, almost anywhere else in the world at the moment…We are very grateful to Beijing that it brought to an absolute climax the scale of the Opening Ceremony.”
We’re really looking forward to Danny Boyle’s creation. See my interview with him in 2008 for Slumdog Millionaire.