James Cameron’s 3D Cirque Du Soleil Movie Picked Up By Paramount [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated April 13th, 2012 at 5:44 am,

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[UPDATE: Worlds Away has secured an official U.S. theatrical release date. Read on…]

Some of you reading this may recall over a year ago, when news first got out that James Cameron had plans to bring the world of Cirque du Soleil performance art to life in 3D, with Andrew Adamson (the first two Shrek and Chronicles of Narnia flicks) charged with both writing an original storyline and directing the flick.

Well, that project now has an actual title (Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away) and has been acquired by Paramount Pictures, which plans to distribute the 3D project in theaters around the world at some point in 2012.

The plot of Worlds Away is said to concern an ordinary person who travels to a “magical realm” inhabited by creatures and characters inspired/based on Cirque du Soleil figures featured in the group’s Las Vegas shows. However, as Cirque executive producer/head honcho Jacques Méthé puts it, the real point of Cameron and Adamson’s 3D project is to offer a “unique point of view [that] allows the audience to discover the artistic details of our productions and reveal the human spirit that our artists bring to the audience in their performances.”

In other words: the film is meant offer people who’ve never been to a live Cirque show the chance to see one, while also providing more of that intimate and immersive viewing experience that 3D (when done right) offers.

All things considered, that’s actually a pretty good idea. Cirque du Soleil shows are famous for their strangely colorful costumes, nail-biting acrobatics, mind-boggling gymnastic maneuvers, and technologically-advanced stage setups that literally rearrange themselves, moment by moment. It’s not something everyone will love, for sure, but it is something worth checking out at least once.

Obviously, a 3D Cirque movie (even one shot using Cameron’s go-to tech) isn’t going to offer the same experience as a live performance, but it would easily offer a better look at a show than, say, the nosebleed section in an actual theater (not to mention, be a good deal cheaper). Likewise, assuming Cameron and Adamson have done this Cirque film correctly, there should be some pretty wicked, vertigo-inducing shots in there that would make it all the more worth seeing on a big screen.


We will keep you posted on any additional noteworthy developments concerning Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.

UPDATE: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is now scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on December 21st, 2012.

Source: Paramount Pictures

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  1. All I can think of is the scene in ‘Knocked Up’ where Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd go to see Cirque Du Soleil on shrooms lmfao.

  2. Way Cool. I agree that 3D is most effective when the audience is totally immersed in what they are viewing. The best 3D aside from AVATAR for me have been the use in real world adventures such as under sea or in space such as The IMAX space station, or riding the rapids through the grand canyon. I love the Cirque their shows are amazing. This could be way cool.

  3. Well certainly the more spectacular views will be when the camera moves onto the stage floor. Love to see how they choreograph that, the cameras getting the best most exciting shots without interrupting the flow of the performance. Can it possibly be one continuous performance or broken down into short vignette style performances?

    Yeah not everyone’s cup of tea but hard to bypass maybe a once in a lifetime feat…

  4. Glad this is being done. The prices for decent seats at cirque du soleil are ridiculously expensive! I don’t care how amazing it is in real life but I’ll take a $10+ movie ticket over a $120+ ticket ANYDAY.

  5. I never got to see a live show of Cirque BUT I did watch it on the Bravo station(when it was cool). They would show all the shows that Cirque did. They even had a series and loved that too. I miss it and this movie will hopefully be even better. ;D

  6. Cirque live is mad expensive but well worth it. This is a brilliant idea, I can’t wait. Cameron is upping the movie experience once again.

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