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James Cameron and Andrew Adamson are going to make some 3D Cirque du Soleil movies

12.10.2010

How many of you have seen any of the Cirque du Soleil performances? Did you like them a lot? Did you ponder to yourself, "Why hasn't anyone made films of these?" Well, someone is and that someone is James Cameron.

Of course, they will be in 3D.

Cameron is working together with fellow director, Andrew Adamson (SHREK, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA) to incorporate elements of Cirque du Soleil into narrative features. Yes, there will be more than one Cirque du Soleil movie.

The first untitled film has this simple 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."

Cameron said this about the project, "Shooting with the Cirque du Soleil team has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my professional life. 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. 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."

Here's the press release if you don't mind some lengthy reading:

"Cirque du Soleil, James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar), and Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Chronicles of Narnia), in association with Reel FX Entertainment, announce today a partnership designed to develop and produce immersive theatrical 3D projects inspired by the unique creative universe of Cirque du Soleil."

"Initiated by Cirque du Soleil, the new 3D motion picture experiences will combine the creative visions of Cameron and Adamson to capture and expand the live production experience to an art form beyond the imagination. The partnership brings together the best creative minds in 3D technology, creative storytelling and live performance."

"The first project to stem from this partnership is currently in production. This first film includes original visuals and a story written by the project's director, Andrew Adamson. James Cameron will Executive Produce, and bring his unique 3D expertise to the project. Reel FX Entertainment, led by Ed Jones and Cary Granat, is the production partner along with Cirque du Soleil Images. Both Jones and Granat have worked previously with Cameron and Adamson. Aron Warner, Adamson's partner at Strange Weather Films, will also produce and is playing a key role in the project. Warner has also worked previously with Cameron."

"The yet-to-be-named film is based on a very simple creative 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."

"Shooting with the Cirque du Soleil team has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my professional life. 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. 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."

"Andrew Adamson commented, "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. 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."

"Unique and challenging creative endeavors are what we strive for at Cirque du Soleil. Working with James Cameron, who changed the 3D creative reality with Avatar, is a gift. Creating a new time of 3D offer is exciting and inspiring," notes Guy Laliberté, Founder, Cirque du Soleil."

"Ed and I have had the privilege to work with both Jim and Andrew in the past, and each time we have pushed the boundaries of storytelling. To be able to work with them along with the creative geniuses of Cirque du Soleil gives us the chance to push those creative boundaries even further," said Cary Granat, Principal, Reel FX Entertainment."

Extra Tidbit: Will we need shrooms to enjoy this?
Source: Deadline

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2:12PM on 12/12/2010
Mr Cameron: Your hard-on for 3D has lasted way more than 4 hours, blood-flow to your brain is dangerously low, we're concerned about your decision making abilities.
Mr Cameron: Your hard-on for 3D has lasted way more than 4 hours, blood-flow to your brain is dangerously low, we're concerned about your decision making abilities.
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11:15AM on 12/12/2010
Is Cameron on some type of medication that's increasing his estrogen?
Is Cameron on some type of medication that's increasing his estrogen?
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7:52AM on 12/12/2010
So it's gonna be like you're actually there?
That's it, I'm selling my tickets and waiting for the movie.
So it's gonna be like you're actually there?
That's it, I'm selling my tickets and waiting for the movie.
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2:50PM on 12/11/2010
awesome. you could just se it live, but this is great for those who can't but wanted to always know what all the fuss was about!

I am taking my girlfriend to see a show theyre doing in philly throughout december! can't wait.
awesome. you could just se it live, but this is great for those who can't but wanted to always know what all the fuss was about!

I am taking my girlfriend to see a show theyre doing in philly throughout december! can't wait.
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1:28PM on 12/11/2010
I've never understood the fascination with this circus stuff. I've seen bits and pieces here and there and I still can't figure out why it's popular. It's weird and creepy. Now they want to do a movie? That's all we need is this weird french stuff with a cinematic approach.
I've never understood the fascination with this circus stuff. I've seen bits and pieces here and there and I still can't figure out why it's popular. It's weird and creepy. Now they want to do a movie? That's all we need is this weird french stuff with a cinematic approach.
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1:18PM on 12/12/2010
french CANADIAN, please!! Or québécois... Even better !
french CANADIAN, please!! Or québécois... Even better !
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5:03AM on 12/11/2010
3-D? Really? Wow. Surprising. As if going to see the show for real wasn't already 3-D enough.
3-D? Really? Wow. Surprising. As if going to see the show for real wasn't already 3-D enough.
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2:54AM on 12/11/2010
Mr. Cameron we've been over this...
Mr. Cameron we've been over this...
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1:26AM on 12/11/2010
Awesome performers being filmed in awesome 3D.
Sounds great
Awesome performers being filmed in awesome 3D.
Sounds great
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9:34PM on 12/10/2010
There has already been a Cirque Du Soleil movie. About ten years ago one came out called "Journey of Man" and it was actually pretty good .
There has already been a Cirque Du Soleil movie. About ten years ago one came out called "Journey of Man" and it was actually pretty good .
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8:58PM on 12/10/2010

Awesome!

I have had the privilage to watch "Saltimbanco" when Cirque was in town and I own 5 of the performance DVDs. They are amazing to watch and the music is breathtaking at times. Even though Cameron is stuck up with his 3D, this is something I am thrilled to hear about and can't wait to see!
I have had the privilage to watch "Saltimbanco" when Cirque was in town and I own 5 of the performance DVDs. They are amazing to watch and the music is breathtaking at times. Even though Cameron is stuck up with his 3D, this is something I am thrilled to hear about and can't wait to see!
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7:30PM on 12/10/2010
You know, on the surface this sounds like a really stupid idea, but I actually think it's going to work out. I'm assuming they're gonna go the trippy Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus/Across the Universe type visual style, which could really be cool in 3D, especially with someone like Cameron behind it. Could be stupid, but I'm giving this the benefit of the doubt for now.
You know, on the surface this sounds like a really stupid idea, but I actually think it's going to work out. I'm assuming they're gonna go the trippy Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus/Across the Universe type visual style, which could really be cool in 3D, especially with someone like Cameron behind it. Could be stupid, but I'm giving this the benefit of the doubt for now.
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7:27PM on 12/10/2010
Cameron and his 3D, actually lets just make it all 3D, need to piss off already.
Cameron and his 3D, actually lets just make it all 3D, need to piss off already.
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7:19PM on 12/10/2010
A Cirque De Soleil movie? I fell asleep just typing that sentence.
A Cirque De Soleil movie? I fell asleep just typing that sentence.
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