Could anything top the opening ceremony from Beijing two years ago? Called "Bird's Nest," it was co-directed by the great Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, lasted four hours, featured 15,000 perfectly trained and choreographed performers and cost a whopping $100 million. Well, organizers of the 2012 Summer Olympics, to be held in London, are looking to do better. They've already put in a request to a favored director, too: Danny Boyle, of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire fame. Though not confirmed or likely signed on just yet, the British filmmaker is said to be in talks to take charge of the event, according to The Independent.

Apparently the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) is interested in presenting "the most imaginative ceremony the world has ever seen." So, is Boyle the right person for such responsibility? The choice is somewhat based on Slumdog's global success and cultural cross-over appeal. And the thought that he'll best represent the diversity of the UK population. But is he the British equivalent of Zhang Yimou? If Locog wants something artsy, they could go with Peter Greenaway. Or, if they're looking for imagination, what about Terry Gilliam, who might not be British-born but who represents the nation's cinema well enough?
Given that this could be our last Summer Games ever (because the world will end in 2012), it has to be really spectacular. I'm not sure if Boyle has it in him, and besides I'd rather he make more movies rather than devout the next two years -- after finishing up on his latest, 127 Hours -- to a single event. But then, I don't care much for the Olympics. Not even enough to be interested in the opening ceremony, no matter who they get to direct it. We'll have to wait and see if Boyle chooses this prestigious gig or do that Frankenstein stage production he's got planned for next year. Which would you rather he commit to? And if not this, who else would you like to see attempt to show up China?
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