James Cameron and Cirque du Soleil team up for movie

Thu Dec 9, 2010 8:48pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It seems a natural fit: the movie director behind blockbuster "Avatar" that changed cinema forever, teaming with Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian performance troupe that gave the circus a whole new meaning, to make a movie.

"Avatar" creator James Cameron, Cirque du Soleil, "Shrek" director Andrew Adamson and production company Reel FX Entertainment on Thursday unveiled plans to make 3D movies they promise will represent "an art form beyond the imagination."

"The images we've been shooting are stunning, and I know Andrew Adamson will weave them into a transporting, dreamlike narrative which will mesmerize audiences of all ages around the world," Cameron said in a statement.

Details were scant, but the movies will feature Cirque du Soleil performers who have thrilled audiences with their unique live shows that feature imaginative acrobatics, and colorful characters and costumes. Their shows like The Beatles-themed "Love", and "Mystere" in Las Vegas, as well as those on tour around the world have played to more than 100 million people since 1984.

The first movie project, which has yet to be named, is already in production, the creators said. No release schedule was announced.

(Editing by Jill Serjeant)

<p>Cirque du Soleil creator Guy Laliberte stands with director James Cameron during ceremonies unveiling Laliberte's Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood, California in this November 22, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files</p>