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June 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

What is British director Danny Boyle up to with his plans for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games? Boyle, who was named artistic director for the Olympics in 2010, had initially suggested that the production would be inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Fair enough. It is, after all, the London Olympics. But more recently, he indicated that he will be borrowing from his recent production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at London’s National Theater — which was broadcast to theaters around the world in March 2011. He said that the music for the opening ceremony would be written by the band Underworld, which also wrote the score for Frankenstein. Today (Monday), he appeared to take a 180-degree turn, saying that he plans to turn the Olympic Stadium into a vision of the British countryside, including farm animals — 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, nine geese, 70 sheep and three sheep dogs, to be precise. Also a cast of 10,000 volunteers. Several reporters commented that the drawing of the “Green and Pleasant” setting reminded them of the one used for The Teletubbies kiddies show. In a statement, Boyle said, “The ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be. … We are trying to make the whole evening feel like you are watching a live film being made.”