Film directors to take control of London 2012 Olympic ceremonies

Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry sign up as creatives

The Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle, and Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry have been given creative control over the ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, which are being held in London.

Daldry will be in overall creative charge of the Olympics and Paralympics, while Boyle will be artistic director of the main opening ceremony.

Boyle, whose new version of Frankenstein opens at the National Theatre later this year, said that he wanted to create a “thrilling, enthralling and captivating evening”.

The opening Olympic Games ceremony has a long-standing relationship with film directors. The Chinese director Zhang Yimou spent £70million designing the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Damon Albarn has in the past been linked with composing music for the ceremony, though nothing has ever been confirmed.