Paramount Releasing Cameron-Produced 3D Cirque du Soleil Movie
by Alex Billington
January 10, 2012
It looks like Paramount caught the Cameron bug. They got a taste of the buzz he brings with Titanic in 3D and now they want more. A press release today announces that Paramount will be the worldwide distributor of a Cirque du Soleil 3D feature film entitled Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away, written & directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Shrek 2, Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian) and executive produced by James Cameron, with 3D mastermind Vince Pace himself overseeing the "stereo production aspect." Which means this is going to look amazing in 3D, that's the big selling point.
A number of production companies collaborated to bring the film to life. In addition to Cirque, Warner and Adamson's Strange Weather Productions, Reel FX and Cameron Pace Group. "The coupling of filmmaker James Cameron's groundbreaking 3D visual accomplishments and Andrew Adamson's beautiful direction, combined with a timeless original story written especially for this movie, will make for a truly amazing moviegoeing experience for audiences of all ages," said Rob Moore of Paramount Pictures. "This 3D event brings the spectator beyond what they could see at a show, it takes them on the stage. This unique point of view 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. Jim and Andrew have masterfully captured what a Cirque du Soleil 3D experience could offer," says Jacques Méthé, General Manager of Cirque du Soleil.
They don't have a release date yet, but it says coming worldwide in 2012, so expect to see it sometime this year. I still don't know what Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away is even about, or what performances or elements it will feature, as the explanations for it all are very vague. For example: "A 3D motion picture experience featuring the unique creative universe of Cirque du Soleil shows." Also: "the 3D film event features artistic and acrobatic performances from some of the most elaborate Cirque du Soleil productions." Either way, I'm intrigued to see how this turns out, and I'm sure it'll be a truly fantastic experience to see in 3D, as that's exactly what they were aiming to capture with this. Check out the production photo from this film below.