James Cameron Producing 3D Cirque Du Soleil Movie

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 4:06 am,

There’s no denying that James Cameron is obsessed with 3D, as every upcoming project he’s connected with is being shot in that format. One of those in-development pics could definitely be worth the price of putting on clunky glasses to view in the third dimension – namely, the Cirque du Soleil feature that Cameron is producing.

Cameron is teaming up with Andrew Adamson (director of the first two Chronicles of Narnia and Shrek movies) on a family-friendly flick that will be a hybrid of 3D footage from the famous acrobatics/dance group’s performances and a straightforward narrative film.

Deadline says that Adamson is directing the Cirque dul Soleil project, which revolves around a character who is transported into a magical realm – with the group’s Las Vegas shows serving as a backdrop for the nature of the imaginative world in the film. Production on the feature is reportedly already one-third complete and there’s a good chance that a studio will sign on to distribute the project in the near future, if only because of Cameron being onboard.

Cique du Soleil describes its own performance style as “a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment.” Its shows require artists to perform bits of elaborate dance choreography; on-the-surface death-defying balance stunts involving cycles and tightropes; and an assortment of physically-strenuous movements and contortionist postures – all while dressed up in colorful costumes and fancy makeup.

Viewing a Cirque du Soleil show live is a unique and (understandably) expensive experience. Cameron’s 3D camera technology is easily the best tool to film one of those performances and recreate the theatrical atmosphere on the big screen for moviegoers unable to glimpse Cirque du Soleil’s talent in person.

Structuring 3D footage of Cirque du Soleil around a basic “journey into another world” storyline seems like kind of a tricky proposition. It’s hard not to wonder whether Cameron and Adamson wouldn’t be better off just making a more basic documentary about the group, rather than designing a film that reads on paper like Night at the Cirque du Soliel, more than anything.

The idea of a 3D Cirque du Soleil movie is still very intriguing and it could definitely be the kind of immersive filmgoing worth paying the more expensive ticket price for. What do you think?

Source: Deadline

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  1. Can someone Clip this guy already i swear If i hear James Cameron and 3D one more time……

    • james cameron :) ………………. AND 3D! :)

    • @RMF

      I agree. It´s like a kid having a new toy… But if they really have to do it, they´d better get Robin Finck on guitar again…

  2. Actually, I love the “Cirque” shows, so I find this idea at least intriguing…

  3. I want to go to there…

  4. Wow teaming up two guys I don’t really like with an event I hate with a passion using an over rated trash technology that is a waste of money?

    Sign me up (Sarcasm.)

  5. I went and saw one of their shows in Vegas, and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever wittnessed! You can’t even put into words what it is they do during a show. Seeing it in 3D will be freaking amazing…count me in, cheeper than going back to Vegas! If you haven’t seen Cirque du Soleil, you can’t even comment on this. You don’t know what your talking about.

  6. Im not saying cirque is not amazing i saw Cirque Du Solei “O” in vegas and it was just breathtaking i mean really if you are ever in Vegas that is a show that is worth the money to see it really blew my mind if u get a chance google it, they got teaser vids for it but that’s not my problem here its James “I hate my ex for making better films” Cameron and his effing Avatar real 3d tech i wish someone would grab him and shuttle him off to the jungles of Pandora

  7. I had a friend who was working on this project when it did it’s first round of shooting at the Cirque shows. The last I heard was that Cameron was no longer associated with it when they started a second round of shooting…

  8. I have never been fortunate enough to see a “cirque” show live but appreciate the work and talent involved. I am also a Cameron fan and his ground breaking 3d work. The two combined would be nothing short of amazing! I sincerely hope this project is fully realized one day. It’s ashame mostly only dim witted haters have commented thus far.

  9. They were to show circus du solutes here in sebring fl and
    so I bought a ticket! I was so glad!
    now they took it away!