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Rumor: George Lucas May Digitally Recreate Dead Actors You Love In A Movie You'll Probably Hate

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 6, 2010 7:29 AM
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Also, George Lucas Doesn't Understand Comedy (Duh)



Update: A rep for LucasFilm has called reports a "false rumor."

Talk about one of the most loaded, tossed off comments in a while. But leave it to Brit actor/director Mel Smith to cause collective cinephile brains to explode at the prospect of George Lucas' supposed new plan to digitally rape cinematic history.

In an interview with the Daily Mail (via AICN), Smith casually revealed, "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 and Barbara Stanwyck appear alongside today’s stars." Good God. Why interviewer John McEntee didn't ask any more questions is beyond us but in no one way, shape or form does this sound like a remotely good idea. But considering Lucas would CGI the shit out of everything if possible, his toying with the idea of digitally recreating actors seems to make some kind of morbid sense.

Smith didn't stop there. He also revealed that Lucas, who came up with the story and produced the 1994 misfire "Radioland Murders," has no concept of comedy (shock!). "The film was a disaster," says Smith. "George doesn’t understand comedy, so the movie flopped. At least it taught me how to use CGI. George is obsessed with it and used too much in the last two 'Star Wars' films — which I thought were ghastly." No word on what Smith found redeemable about the first of the new 'Star Wars' trilogy but we hope it wasn't Jar Jar Binks, because if anyone needed clearer evidence that Lucas wouldn't know funny if it walked up and hit him in the head, that's it.

We're not quite sure what actors' estates selling off the rights to the likenesses of their deceased benefactors is all about, but it's a ridiculously awful idea. Do we really have to spell it out? Watching a digital (and knowing Lucas, probably 3D) Humphrey Bogart "acting" alongside the likes of, say, Channing Tatum makes our brains hurt. And if any of these people start making digital cameos in Star Wars Episode 192 alongside Boba Fett's grandson or some shit, we will positively freak. Someone please stop George Lucas.

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8 Comments

  • Jim C | March 7, 2011 8:32 AMReply

    It was only a matter of time. There has never been a question of it it could be done. Only when someone would do it. I can remember having this thought years ago. Best of luck Lucas.

  • Rabi | December 7, 2010 3:24 AMReply

    They did this already. It was called "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid". With Steve Martin.

  • Christopher Campbell | December 6, 2010 10:40 AMReply

    Meant to clarify that the quote is from Lucas at Cannes '02.

  • Christopher Campbell | December 6, 2010 10:34 AMReply

    I normally wouldn't put it past Lucas to do something like this, but here's a quote I included in my response to Smith's claim, over at Spout:

    “It’s something we are trying to stop happening, although you can’t stop technology and you can’t stop change…A computer can duplicate Tom Hanks, for example, and we already use that technology a little for stunts and difficult scenes. But if you bring back Marilyn Monroe, what you would have is a caricature.”

  • Listplayer | December 6, 2010 9:05 AMReply

    Oh look! Over here! A snarky blogger is bashing Jar-Jar binks on the internet!! Now THAT is writing.

  • Ryan | December 6, 2010 8:46 AMReply

    First we see mainstream cinema focusing on Remakes. Now Lucas may propose that we not only Remake old films, but we can Remake old actors as well. How do we do the voices? How will the Remade actors be driven, by animators, or by an actor doing motion capture. Either way, you cannot recreate the performance, only the image of the actor. Let's get Jack Black to do the MO Cap on Orson Welles and Miley Cyrus can MOCAP Stanwyck. Sure...that'll work. Thanks Lucas for more Mediocre ideas. Just focus on the Clone Wars cartoon show you're doing...that's about as much as it seems you can handle.

  • White Elephant | December 6, 2010 8:41 AMReply

    This is all B.S.

    Amazing how gossip passes for news now.

  • Matt K | December 6, 2010 8:27 AMReply

    George Lucas has become the king of pissing on people's memories. Not only did he ruin Star Wars, but now he's tyring to put dead actors in moovies?

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