Steven Spielberg has agreed to serve as an artistic consultant, along side director, Zhang Yimou, during the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Summer Olympics

Variety says the organizing committee received 409 proposals for the ceremonies, subsequently short-listed to five.

Spielberg remarked on the opportunity with "Through the visual arts, the performing arts, the art of music, the art of dance, the art of celebration of life, all of us are dedicated to making this Olympic opening and closing ceremonies the most emotional anyone has ever seen."

The opening ceremony of the Beijing Games will take place Aug. 8, 2008.