Danny Boyle’s Summer Olympics Inspiration: ‘Frankenstein’ (Yes, Really)

"Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle says the opening ceremony will be "like a cauldron"

Last Updated: May 30, 2012 @ 11:16 AM

Danny Boyle might have created a monster with this summer's Olympic Games.

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"Slumdog Millionaire" director Boyle, who was tapped as the Artistic Director for the opening ceremony of London's Olympic Games, tells Vogue that he was inspired by Mary Shelley's classic horror novel "Frankenstein" when planning the show.

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"(There is) quite a lot of Frankenstein in the show," Boyle told the magazine (via the Huffington Post). "I mean, we don't reanimate dead creatures, but we did use Frankenstein as a dry run for a lot of ideas for this."

According to Boyle, if all goes to plan, the  venue where the ceremony will take place will look "like a cauldron, with all the people hovering over and around you."

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The opening ceremony for this summer's games has been named "The Isles of Wonder."

British director Boyle, who took home a Best Director Oscar for "Slumdog Millionaire," has a fair amount of experience with bringing Shelley's story to life. In 2011, he directed a production of "Frankenstein" for London's National Theatre, which which was broadcast to movie theaters last March.