Danny Boyle, director of 127 Hours and Trainspotting, has been given control of the three hour show.

This article titled “London 2012 opening ceremony promises spectacle and surprises” was written by Charlotte Higgins, chief arts writer, for The Guardian on Tuesday 12th June 2012 14.49 UTC

What is an Olympics opening ceremony? Something between a pageant, a procession, a theatre show, a concert and a film. It contains diplomacy, politics, flag-waving (literally), sport and art. None of these are easy bedfellows, but one feels that in Danny Boyle's confident hands the London Games curtainraiser has a strong chance of melding those disparate elements into something intimate as well as spectacular, edgy as well as celebratory, funny as well as grand. It may even be moving.

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