This seems to have completely slipped under our radar, but it appears the opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics are being directed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours). As an East London resident, Boyle is faced with the unimaginable responsibility of creating a show that will inspire and celebrate London’s rich history in accordance with the games.
Over a billion people are expected to watch the three hour spectacle. With $42.4M spent at the iconic ceremony, it will feature a variety of displays including 10,000 adult volunteers and 900 children. Throw in 12 horses, 10 chickens, nine geese, three cows and a flock of sheep controlled by sheepdogs, and you get something close to the 12 Days of Christmas without that one golden ring.
To top it all off, it will be concluded with a song by the one and only Paul McCartney. Needless to say, this show will be a spectacular celebration of England’s heritage and an unbelievable display of theatrics.
Ceremony commencement begins tonight in London (8 hours ahead of PST) but US viewers will have to wait for a pre-recorded showing. Good news is that you’ll be able to catch it tonight, July 27 at 7:30PM Pacific and Eastern time. Let the Games begin.