Danny Boyle to be 2012 Olympic opening director

June 17th, 2010 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Slumdog Millionaire London, June 17 (DPA) Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will be in charge of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London, organisers said Thursday.
Boyle got the Oscar as director of “Slumdog Millionaire”, a film that raked in eight Academy Awards last year. He has also directed movies like “Trainspotting” and “28 Days Later”.

The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games will be held July 27 in the new 80,000-seat Olympic stadium. Thursday’s announcement was made close to the stadium.

Boyle’s team includes another famous director, Stephen Daldry (”Billy Elliott”, “The Reader”) who will be one of the executive producers of the opening and closing ceremonies.

Boyle spoke of a “fantastic responsibility” and revealed that he never had second thoughts when he was approached.

“When they offered us the job, they said, ‘Do you want to think about it?’ I said, ‘No, I want to do it,’” he said.

Boyle and organising committee chief Sebastian Coe also said that the ceremony will not be as grand and extravagant as the 2008 one in Beijing.

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