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Oscar-Winner Boyle Told to Shorten London 2012 Opening Ceremony

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“Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle, center, planning his Olympic opening. The event has been shortened because event organizers want to prevent the 80,000 crowd being stranded. Photographer: Dave Poultney/LOCOG via Getty Images

July 18 (Bloomberg) -- Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle has had to cut segments of his 27 million-pound ($42 million) opening ceremony for the London Olympics because of public-transport concerns.

The “Slumdog Millionaire” director has been told to trim his Olympic opening as event organizers want to prevent the 80,000 crowd being stranded. London’s subway network will stay open until an extended time of 2:30 a.m. after the July 27 ceremony, which is due to end by 12:30 a.m.

“Currently it’s running slightly over, so we need to make sure it fits within slots that we always said it would,” London 2012 communications director Jackie Brock-Doyle told reporters at the Olympic Park today.

Boyle has cut a three-minute segment involving stunt bikes and has been asked to “tighten” the transition between sequences during the three-hour opening to the summer games, she said.

“He’s an award-winning filmmaker. If things end up on the cutting room floor I think he understands that,” Brock-Doyle added.

As much as 30 minutes may be cut from the show, the Guardian reported.

About 10,000 crew members including volunteers from the local community are part of the opening ceremony. They’ve been told by organizers not to reveal details of the show. A final rehearsal inside the stadium takes place two days before the games start.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tariq Panja at Olympic Stadium in London at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at

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