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Cirque Goes 3D: Cirque du Soleil Teams Up With "Avatar" Director James Camerson For 3D Films
Thu, 09 Dec 2010
After over two dozen shows and collaborators that have included the estates of Michael Jackson, Elvis, and the Beatles, Cirque du Soleil is now partnering "Avatar" director James Cameron to bring their already eye-popping performances to the big-screen in 3D.
Cirque du Soleil, Cameron, and "Chronicles of Narnia" director Andrew Adamson, along with Reel FX Entertainment, announced a new partnership Thursday to develop Cirque-inspired theatrical productions in 3D.
The first project under the new partnership is already in production. It's not a Cirque show filmed live. It features original visuals, some of which have already been shot, follows a narrative written by director Andrew Adamson, who also brought us "Shrek" and "Shrek 2."
According to the official release, the untitled film is based on the premise, "There are worlds beyond dreams, illusion and imagination, where human beings are capable of anything. Where love rules, and everything your heart yearns for is beautifully, incredibly real." Sounds perfectly Cirque to me.
"Shooting with the Cirque du Soleil team has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my professional life," said James Cameron, who also directed the blockbusters "Titanic" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." "For years I've been a fan, both of their celebration of human physical performance and for their wild imagination in the designs of characters, costumes, music and unparalleled theatrical staging.
"They've built a global brand, and it's a unique opportunity for me, and my 3D partner Vince Pace, to bring the Cirque du Soleil experience to a world wide audience through the magic of 3D cinema," Cameron continued. "The images we've been shooting are stunning, and I know Andrew Adamson will weave them into a transporting, dreamlike narrative which will mesmerize audiences of all ages, around the world," said James Cameron."
"Cirque du Soleil has always inspired me with their window into the balance between beauty and danger; art and technology; gravity and unbelievable physical ability," said director Andrew Adamson.
"Bringing that to the screen in 3D is a perfect synergy between an art form and a medium - a chance to offer the audience an entirely new experience - and the opportunity to do that with people at the top of their game, like Jim and Cirque du Soleil, is an incredible privilege."
The first of these 3D Cirque experiences could hit theaters in 2011. Adamson serves as producer on the latest "Narnia" adventure "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," while Cameron is already in the early stages of work on the first "Avatar" sequel, which hits theaters in 2014.
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