George Lucas Plans to Resurrect Dead Movie Stars

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According to Mel Smith—friend of George Lucas and director of Radioland Murders—the creator of Star Wars is "buying up the film rights to dead actors." He says that Lucas plans to resurrect them in future movies using 3D technology:

George has been buying up the film rights to dead actors in the hope of using computer trickery to put them all together, so you'd have Orson Welles and Barbara Stanwyck alongside today's stars.


Of course, this is the British tabloid The Sun but, knowing the amazing digital 3D actor work in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Tron Legacy, Mel Smith's revelations don't surprise me at all. In fact, the possibility of doing this has been rumored in Hollywood for a while, but, if true, this seems the first actual news of someone buying "film rights" to dead movie stars.

In the words of Luke Skywalker: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" This has so much evil potential for perpetrating crimes against common sense and good taste that it boggles my mind. Maybe we shouldn't forgive Lucas, after all. [The Sun]


Couldn't they just get a look-a-like, costume them, and have an impersonator do the voice and save a lot of time and money? Just because the tech allows you to revive the dead, doesn't mean you should.

Having said that, it would be cool. Can't wait to see how real Tron Legacy's young Jeff Bridges looks to see how far the tech has come.

Ernest and Julio Gallo may have Orson Welles appearing in new tv ads soon (the famed actor/director had to make money somehow).