“Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away” from James Cameron
After announcing to the world that he would no longer be in the “movie” business and only in the Avatar business, James Cameron released a trailer for his totally unrelated film from out of left field.
The Titanic director, known for pouring millions of dollars into his films and gaining billions back, has taken the very popular acrobatic company Cirque Du Soleil and turned them into a feature film.
And while the trailer is over two minutes long, I still have no idea what the film will be about. It seemed to consist of half fictional and digitally created shots and footage of actual Cirque Du Soleil performances.
Despite mashing up and using these two formats, neither one was able to convey a story, but that issue perhaps lies in the nature of all of the Cirque Du Soleil shows. The company is widely known for their cast’s incredible work with their bodies, using the complex and beautiful sets to stun audiences with magnificent feats in midair.
Cirque Du Soleil is not, however, known for amazing story-lines in their shows, of which they have several. Some of their shows like LOVE (an homage to the Beatles) and Viva Elvis have much more significant and present plot lines than others like Zumanity and O.
Cameron’s film may combine story elements from various Cirque shows or stick to one show in particular, or he may have developed an entirely new story concept altogether. I think the last is possibility the most likely since the film’s title is Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away, suggesting that it will take place in outer space on another fictional planet. This fits in with Cameron’s usual repertoire, and some of the footage in the trailer did look like it took place somewhere in outer space.
Like all of Cameron’s films, this will be shot in 3D and will definitely be opening up new cinematic frontiers in terms of technology and cinematography. Cameron has always taken the opportunity to push himself and his films into new boundaries that have not been explored, creating a nice metaphorical analogy to this particular film’s title and theme.
Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away opens in theaters on December 21, of this year.