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Danny Boyle's Olympics ceremony inspired by Frankenstein

May 29, 2012 | 10:15am EDT

The Slumdog Millionaire director signed on to orchestrate the sporting spectacular's kick-off event in July (27Jul12) and he admits the task of creating a jaw-dropping show to be viewed by millions of people hasn't been easy.

He tells Vogue "It's a challenge, of course, because it can easily be just a cold spectacle - awe-inspiring but not necessarily of the heart - and we want the ceremony to have a visceral effect on the people, for it to be a collective experience. Stirring emotion is hard in a stadium."

But the Oscar winner reveals he found inspiration in an unlikely place - Frankenstein, which fuses elements of romanticism and the creation of life.

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

And if Boyle's vision is realised, he says the the venue will look "more like a cauldron, with all the people hovering over and around you".

The filmmaker has had a lot of experience with the theme - he directed a production of Frankenstein for the National Theatre in England last year (11).

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