George Lucas NOT Resurrecting Dead Movie Stars for New Film
If you're one of those Star Wars fans who thinks George Lucas's retroactive creativity has ruined the classic Star Wars trilogy, then you probably don't want to know what he might be planning to do with some of Hollywood's late, great actors and actresses of decades passed. The Daily Mail (via AICN) recently spoke with actor/director Mel Smith who made a surprising revelation about a potential project from George Lucas. If Smith is to be believed, Lucas has been gathering the film rights to some of cinema's most famous deceased movie stars of Hollywood's golden years and plans to use digital effects to feature them in a film with actors and actresses of today. What?!
Here's what Smith (who worked with Lucas on The Radioland Murders) said, almost as a fleeting, throwaway comment, "He’s been buying up the film rights to dead movie stars in the hope of using computer trickery to put them all together in a movie, so you’d have Orson Welles (pictured above) and Barbara Stanwyck appear alongside today’s stars." While the recent technological innovations that have allowed an aged Jeff Bridges to go back to the 80's and become his younger self for Tron Legacy, this task would likely prove much more difficult. If Lucas is looking to have actors like Welles featured in a film with actors from today, someone will still need to provide voicework and motion capture. While it's not exactly impossible, I'm just not sure the outcome would be as rewarding if the deceased actors were actually alive.
This seems like a strange move, but with Lucas, it's not completely surprising. He seems to really enjoy going back to the pat and ruining things that people love, so why not sully the names and talents of Hollywood's history. Surely other names like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and other talents that were gone all too soon would likely be of interest, but who from today's line-up of onscreen talent would take part? For now consider this a rumor, but if you're a religious person, I'd say it's time to start praying for God to stop this potential abomination. What do you think?
UPDATE: On the Red Carpet has since been contacted by a representative of Lucasfilm who has debunked this story as being a "false rumor." While the idea seemed a little silly, a lot of people didn't think the it was outside of the realm of possibility for George Lucas to do something like this. However, we wouldn't be surprised if Lucasfilm is simply covering things up just to keep the project under wraps since they've done that before. Either way, for now the official word is that George Lucas will not be bringing iconic actors and actresses back from the dead.