Boyle, who won an Oscar for directing Slumdog Millionaire, is to direct the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
And Stephen Daldry, director of hit films such as Billy Elliot and The Reader, as well as theatrical successes like An Inspector Calls and Billy Elliot The Musical, will be one of the four key executive producers of the opening and closing ceremonies for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As the creative production lead, Daldry is joined by a strong team of talent on the executive production team:
- Mark Fisher, the concert, theatre and Beijing 2008 Games designer as executive producer for design
- Grammy and Bafta-award nominated TV director Hamish Hamilton, who’ll lead on broadcast
- Catherine Ugwu, producer of the 2006 Asian Games and the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games as executive producer for production
Daldry said, “Myself and my co-executive producers will ensure there is creative continuity across all four ceremonies, that the public have real engagement and that we continue to attract into key roles the best talent in the world. I’m delighted to be part of the team.”
Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, a very chirpy Danny Boyle said his job was “to provide a thrilling, enthralling, captivating evening.”
“Hopefully it’ll take its place in the list of openings, but it’ll be a new beginning as well.”
If you can’t wait til then, don’t forget Danny Boyle is making his National Theatre debut this winter, directing a new production of Frankenstein.