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George Lucas to Resurrect Dead Movie Stars?

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the meesa-think-dis-is-creepy dept.

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According to his director friend Mel Smith, George Lucas has a plan for upcoming movies more insidious than a whole Gungan cast. Smith says Lucas is buying the rights to old movies in order to put dead actors in his films. He says, "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." Even if Smith is lying, it makes you wonder who long it will be until Hollywood starts to recycle actors as well as scripts.

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At least this will prove zombies don't exist (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487418)

If Orson Welles doesn't crawl out of his grave and strangle this arrogant, money-grubbing motherfucker with his own intestines, then at least we finally know that the dead are *truly* and *forever* gone.

Re:At least this will prove zombies don't exist (4, Insightful)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487474)

Lucas might as well dig Welles up and rape his corpse repeatedly. It would probably be less offensive to his memory than this.

Re:At least this will prove zombies don't exist (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487552)

Hey, why not. He already did it to Harrison Ford's corpse.

Re:At least this will prove zombies don't exist (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487586)

Since he and his buddy Steve have already raped Indiana Jones this isn't much of a stretch.

George Lucas has the worst case of malignant narcissism imaginable - his family needs to stage an intervention for him.

Re:At least this will prove zombies don't exist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487776)

George Lucas has the worst case of malignant narcissism imaginable

so he's almost as bad as people who post nigger jokes?

Re:At least this will prove zombies don't exist (1)

cfulton (543949) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488504)

I wish I had some mod points right now. I'd get you a score 5. This is the Worst Idea Ever!

Actually, gives me a better idea (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488506)

Actually, that gives me an even better idea. Thinking of prequels and resurrections, made me think of one book which clearly could use a Lucas prequel: the Bible. Featuring God's whiny teenager years before he made the universe, gungans, ewoks, and an epic lightsaber battle. (Hey, Genesis 3:24 says, "So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." So don't tell me God didn't have a lightsaber.;)

If afterwards he gets struck by lightning, then we can all know to hurry to the nearest church, and if not, I'd like to see the fundies explain _that_. It's win-win, I tell ya.

Re:At least this will prove zombies don't exist (2)

sixsixtysix (1110135) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488724)

there's no way he's ever getting out of that piano box.

Re:At least this will prove zombies don't exist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34488726)

If Orson Welles doesn't crawl out of his grave and strangle this arrogant, money-grubbing motherfucker with his own intestines, then at least we finally know that the dead are *truly* and *forever* gone.

The Wells/zombie attack was in response to Lucas's latest film venture, "Citizen Binks". After obtaining the rights to the original Citizen Kane Lucas digitally removed Orson Wells and replaced him with Jar Jar Binks. Lucas felt Jar Jar's dying words "Okey Dey" were more moving than Wells's "Rosebud". Wells rotting corpse appears to have disagreed with Lucas.

Obligatory (1)

PiAndWhippedCream (1566727) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487480)

Abstruse Goose 92 [abstrusegoose.com]

Re:Obligatory (5, Informative)

Elbereth (58257) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487768)

Total shit webcomics are never obligatory.

Learn it. Know it. Obey it.

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487970)

Total shit webcomics are never obligatory.

Learn it. Know it. Obey it.

Granted, and generally good advice. Now, what's that got to do with what the GP posted?

Re:Obligatory (1)

hosecoat (877680) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487956)

Jar Jar can never die!

You know... (2)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487484)

Part of me thinks this is very creepy and even morally wrong.. but a bigger part actually wants to see it work. Pulling this off in a way that doesn’t look terrible would be pretty neat.

I could care less about seeing some dead actor brought back to life... I’m definitely interested in the work required to make it happen though.

The ethical/legal stuff is a little interesting. This falls somewhere between a family giving permission to use a dead loved one’s image for a product, and publishing something while claiming said loved one wrote it. Does anyone have the right to do the later (or even the former).. should they? Personally I don’t care what people do with me after I’m dead but I imagine some people do.

It’s probably BS anyway

Also lunch time is over. Gotta stay late enough as it is ya know. LOTS OF THINGS TO DO!

Re:You know... (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487744)

Uhm... Terminator Salvation... nice but not impressive.

Re:You know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487790)

Pulling this off in a way that doesn't look terrible would be pretty neat.

This is George Lucas, mi compadre. I'll bet you dollars to donuts the first thing he has Bogart doing is swinging on vines through some exotic jungle in search for the Crystal Falcon.

I hate you so much, George Lucas.

Re:You know... (4, Interesting)

click2005 (921437) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487816)

How long until actors start selling their voice & likeness at different ages? Of course the MPAA will lobby to extend copyright even longer.

Stallone aged 35.. that'll be $12million.
Theres a sale on DeNiro at 40 this week only $2m.

"The Darfsteller" comes to life (3, Interesting)

Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488286)

I read this story ages ago. It won the first Hugo award for best novelette. "The Darfsteller" tells of a time when actors sell their likeness and are replaced by robots (apparently, Keanu Reeves did this early in his career).

George Lucas must've dusted off his copy of this story and said, "Hey, I can do this!"

Re:You know... (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487982)

KFC tried to do it when they resurrected the Colonel from the dead using a death mask plus old footage. It looked okay but didn't work on screen. They turned the stately gentleman into a goofball and customers rejected it.

Re:You know... (2)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488000)

Actually I'm having real trouble deciding why this is "morally wrong" or even "creepy" (which is the underhanded way of saying the same thing.) I see it as just another right to be negotiated.

Music Mashups are a vital creative flow - so why does it suddenly become "morally wrong" when it's a Visual Mashup? We all know the Character is (not supposed to be) the Actor. Go Go Hannibal Lector!

I'd call this just another case of the Uncanny Valley. After all, for the new Tron movie they needed a young version of a character, so they did almost exactly this - recreated him entirely in CGI. But it's Disney! So no moral problems there!

Re:You know... (1)

anyGould (1295481) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488518)

Actually I'm having real trouble deciding why this is "morally wrong" or even "creepy" (which is the underhanded way of saying the same thing.) I see it as just another right to be negotiated.

Because these old dead actors never gave permission to be recycled endlessly in movies. For one thing, it's going to screw younger actors. (I can just see it - Elvis movies for all freaking eternity.)

I thought it was in poor taste when they started using CGI to have Astair dance with a vacuum cleaner, to be honest.

Re:You know... (1)

fritish (1630461) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488636)

I don't see this so much as a Visual Mashup as creating entirely new material and passing it off as someone else's. Music mashups, to me at least, are more or less sampling, a la Paul's Boutique. No one would claim that that sounds like Curtis Mayfield or the Ramones, but it undeniably has samples from those artists. Visual mashups would be more or less fan-made trailers and re-edits (see The Phantom Edit).

I see this more as using an artist's style to trick the audience into the thinking they are seeing 'the real thing'. That's pulling a fast one over the audience and cheating the performer (both financially and morally). Especially if the performer refused to do it in the first place. For example, Tom Waits is famous of refusing to let his music be played in ads and successfully suing companies that hire soundalikes to play music that is not quite entirely unlike his own. [see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Waits#Lawsuits%5D [wikipedia.org]

There are laws protecting movies passing off lookalikes of other actors, why would they get a pass if it's CGI?

Re:You know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34488402)

It should only be allowed if the actor specifies in their will that they want to allow it and leave instructions on what they will allow their image to be used for.

Of course any instructions shouldn't be applied indefinitely. I would think (IANAL) that the common law rule against perpetuities in wills would apply (ie the instructions expire 21 years after the death of the last heir who was living when the actor died). That seems like a reasonable period of time for someone to have creative control of their image after their death. I'd argue that ought to be regarded as a separate issue from the commercial use of the image, but sadly I'm sure that in the current copyright regime, they'll just let whoever has the copyright do whatever they want.

Re:You know... (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488530)

"This falls somewhere between a family giving permission to use a dead loved one’s image for a product, and publishing something while claiming said loved one wrote it"

Bah, there will be a new law about 'Faceright' saying you cannot duplicate the face of a person for 250 years without paying the poor family millions, so that they don't have to get a job.

Lucas Interview from 2020 (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487504)

Interviewer: Mr. Lucas, fifteen years ago you made Episode III and a lot of people thought you were done with cinema.
Lucas: That's right, I had found that children appreciated my advanced work far more than any adult so I was doing a lot of Cartoon Network programs after that.
Interviewer: So what caused you to return to the silver screen?
Lucas: Well, I was sitting at my ranch watching some old Akira Kurosawa films -- looking for some plot or scene I had missed that I could possibly turn into a Star Wars movie -- and I got up to retrieve another sandwich from my Carl's Jr. dispenser in my living room. The machine was several treacherous feet away from the couch and as I got up, my snuggie caught on the ottoman made of hate mail and death threats. Well, I fell and a disc slipped in my spine.
Interviewer: That's right you were in the hospital for several months.
Lucas: Yes, and as I lay there calling for help in serious pain, an apparition of Ed Wood appeared to me. 'Use the cash, Lucas' he said. And I immediately understood that I had primarily ruined careers of living people when today there were whole sloughs of dead actors whose careers I could ruin with advanced computer technology.
Interviewer: Ah, yes, so at that point ...
Lucas: I started buying the film rights to a lot of dead actors and actresses.
Interviewer: Which led to Katherine Hepburn playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars Holiday Special II last year.
Lucas: That's right, as well as Bela Lugosi having a classic lightsaber fight with Charlie Chaplin.
Interviewer: Well, I think it's clear how you maintain such a hated profile.
Lucas: Well, you know, I try. I try. And I often remind my adopted children that they're what keeps me going. Even though at times it's hard, I can look into my son's eyes and he'll say with so much emotion, "Stop dad, just please stop, people don't want this. Please, please stop." And that keeps me going.

Re:Lucas Interview from 2020 (0, Redundant)

erroneous (158367) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487836)

Lucas: Well, you know, I try. I try.

Do or do not. There is no try.

MOD PARENT DOWN (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487940)

You have a wonderful piece of satire and then a completely typical slashdot douchebag making a completely worthless reply.
 
My job here is done.
--Caped AC

Re:LoLs (4, Interesting)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488650)

That comment is so rife with irony...

I guess I need to say something interesting in order to keep myself from getting modded down.

In regards to the story posted and Eldavo's comments - no I don't think George has been ruining acting Careers. He merely takes the whole talent pool from an entire set of actors and imbues it into a SINGLE actor or actress in every trilogy. In the original, it was Harrison Ford. In this latest one, its Natalie Portman. You MIGHT be able to argue that Hayden Christensen is another one - but I actually think he's some sort of anomoly that was immune to this process, he didn't get any better or worse. But seriously, Ford and Portman seemed to be the only ones who have managed to successfully LAUNCH their careers into the higher echelons of Hollywood, who can now demand millions for being on set.

So - here's what I'm hoping. George takes a bunch of Dead Actors and Actresses. They're already famous, and George will put them along side someone we haven't seen before on film. If my understanding of Osmosis is correct - George won't be able to take the skill of 1 actor and spread it throughout the Dead Actors. Dead people can't GET any better at acting, unless they are playing the role of zombie. No, I think more appropriately, George will make all the dead actors SUCK - like it will be really painful to watch and you'll wish it was just the Star Wars Holiday Special. But somehow, this one live actor he has in the film, will manage to escape with the power of multiple famous dead actors and actresses, producing another celebrity for people everywhere to fantisize about while not doing what they are supposed to be doing.

Do not want (1)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487512)

If there was ever a story that the "donotwant" tag was designed for, it is this. If the idea of digitally resurrecting dead movie stars to star in new content wasn't creepy enough, there's the fact that this has George Lucas at the helm.

He's probably had this great idea about how much fun Star Wars had been if it had included a musical number from Charlie Chaplin wearing a rubber Gungan suit. Seriously, I hesitate to try to parody whatever Lucas might come up with using this technology, on the grounds that if he should ever read it, he'd probably think it was a great idea.

Recycle scripts? (1)

indros (211103) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487518)

I'm pretty sure this is being done already.

Re:Recycle scripts? (1)

memojuez (910304) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487688)

All these remakes are touched-up recycled scripts.

Re:Recycle scripts? (5, Informative)

Escape From NY (1539983) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487794)

I seem to remember a movie by Carl Reiner and Steve Martin [wikipedia.org] back when I was a kid where they did this.

Re:Recycle scripts? (1)

AtomicJake (795218) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488646)

I just say: "Cleaning-woman".

Re:Recycle scripts? (1)

Combatso (1793216) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488192)

...thats what is being said... tho they write "as well as scripts", it would be more clear had it been "... in addition to scripts"...

If people didn't gobble this shit up, it wouldn't get done... sad fact is, if a movie with Orson Welles came out tommorow, people would flock to see it, the gimmick factor is huge in drawing a crowd..


on another note, hasn't it been done? I mean there was a new Indiana Jones movie, and Harrison Ford has been dead for years..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Ford_(silent_film_actor)

Star Wars Christmas Special pt. 2 (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487524)

We all know why he's really doing this. Once all the original actors die, he can release Christmas specials every year for as long as he wants with the original cast and no complaints.

Hmmm (3, Funny)

melikamp (631205) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487526)

Will the same technology work with porn? What am I saying... That was probably the original intention.

Re:Hmmm (1)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488326)

porn with dead stars - wouldn't that be necrophiliac porn?

Also obligatory (1)

jijacob (943393) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487540)

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/187269/look-out-indy [southparkstudios.com] I can only imagine what kind of awful plans for successful dead movie stars he has conjured up in his head.

Re:Also obligatory (1)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487672)

Actually, it reminds me more of the Darth Chef/Fruity Little Club episode. "Actor no longer with us? Well, we own the voice, let's use it anyway!" As another poster above says, horrifying but really interesting and potentially creative. It's kind of like a cross between a collage and a montage.

Re:Also obligatory (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488214)

...a cross between a collage and a montage.

The day is approaching to give it your best
You've got to reach your prime!
That's when you need to put yourself to the test
And show us the passage of time.
We're gonna need a montage. (Montage)
A sports-training montage! (Montage)

And just show a lot of things happenin' at once.
Remind everyone of what's goin' on. (What's goin' on?)
And with every shot, show a little improvement
To show it won't take too long.
That's called a montage. (Montage)
Even Rocky had a montage! (Montage)

In any sport, if you want to go
From just a beginner to a pro
You'll need a montage. (Montage)
A simple little montage! (Montage)

Always fade out (Montage) into a montage... (Montage)
If you fade out it seems like a long time (Montage) has passed in a montage... (Montage)
Montage... (Montage)

Re:Also obligatory (1)

anyGould (1295481) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488622)

Actually, it reminds me more of the Darth Chef/Fruity Little Club episode. "Actor no longer with us? Well, we own the voice, let's use it anyway!" As another poster above says, horrifying but really interesting and potentially creative. It's kind of like a cross between a collage and a montage.

One big difference between "Darth Chef" and the Lucas Plan is that Darth Chef's lines were obviously (probably on purpose) clips from past lines. From what I'm reading, the Lucas Plan would be to have a Chef spin-off, and keep remixing existing lines to give the impression that this is still the actor's original work (and that the actor was still getting paid).

Run! (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487568)

Those zombie movie stars and him need BRAAINS!!!

Re:Run! (1)

realityimpaired (1668397) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488644)

Don't worry, I'll just make sure my garden is properly stocked with plants. We'll be safe.

Yawn... (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487576)

...and that's all I have to say.

New, original, and fun Science Fiction is needed (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487580)

I just wish a studio, director, or someone had the guts and innovation to make a movie like "Star Wars" today.

Why is everything in Hollywood gone retro/rerun/remake? It is a lifeless, un-original, and un-creative trend these days and it takes the place of fun, interesting, original and daring movie ideas.

Why do we need to see a re-make of the 'Wizard of Oz?'

Re:New, original, and fun Science Fiction is neede (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487760)

Why is everything in Hollywood gone retro/rerun/remake?

Because unlike the firms on Wall Street, no firm in Hollywood is 'too big to fail'.

Re:New, original, and fun Science Fiction is neede (3, Interesting)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487846)

Like Warner Brothers forking over big bucks on the unproved Wachowski brothers to make the Matrix?

Or Nolan making Inception?

There are good original movies. I just skip the crappy remakes and vote with my wallet to go see movies like Inception instead.

Re:New, original, and fun Science Fiction is neede (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488002)

The answer to your questions: $$$

Re:New, original, and fun Science Fiction is neede (1)

adonoman (624929) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488076)

Because when you look at movies from years gone by, you only remember the interesting ones. You forget about the thousands and thousands of terrible movies that preceded the terrible movies being produced today. You're also comparing a sample of nearly 100 years against a recent sample. There will be movies from this year that in 50 years will be considered classics.

Re:New, original, and fun Science Fiction is neede (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488340)

You're also comparing a sample of nearly 100 years against a recent sample. There will be movies from this year that in 50 years will be considered classics.

There is at best a 2 in 3 chance that maybe one movie this year might make it into a "top 100" list. Not necessarily "movies" not necessarily "classics"

Re:New, original, and fun Science Fiction is neede (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488448)

I just wish a studio, director, or someone had the guts and innovation to make a movie like "Star Wars" today.

I heard there is this awesome new movie coming out called "Hidden Fortress".

So basically, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487646)

Hollywood is so completely and 100% out of original ideas that it needs to continue to use CGI gimmicks and tricks (i.e. 3D) to captivate an audience's attention?

Argument about how piracy somehow forced them to think about doing things like this in 3....2....1....

First film with revived dead actors (4, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487650)

an adaptation of Frankenstein would seem appropriate.

gojeffrey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487652)

"...wonder who long it will be until Hollywood starts to recycle actors as well as scripts."

Uhhh, they have been recycling scripts for a looong time, but Hollywood doesn't recycle actors. They just use them up and throw them away. Like aluminum cans!

Who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487656)

They're dead.

And I don't see anyone complaining about actors portraying historical figures, which is even more disingenuous as it implies a semblance of truth to his portrayal.

CGI-ified dead actors only feels wrong because there is no interest or purpose in doing it. If we wanted to see the person, it wouldn't be creepy.

Dead actors ? What's the point ? (5, Funny)

o'reor (581921) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487662)

Don't we have plenty of dead actors nowadays on our screens already ? Aren't people like Keanu Reeves (or Hayden Christensen, fergossakes) lifeless enough for you ?

Re:Dead actors ? What's the point ? (1)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488110)

Keanu Reeves is dead?!?!?

Whoa.

Re:Dead actors ? What's the point ? (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488226)

No, just sad [google.com] .

A new comedy team is born (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487694)

First there was Laurel and Hardy. Then there was Abbott and Costello. Now George Lucas brings together two comedy greats for the first time, Mantan Moreland and Jar Jar Binks star in "Feets Do Your Stuff".

I get to be Darth Vader... (1)

knuckledraegger (910257) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487710)

This is the first step to any of us being the characters in a movie or game. Cool concept.

Denied, already. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487750)

LucasFilm have already denied the rumour. A very simple Google search prior to publishing this summary would have shown that. I googled "Mel Smith", because I wanted to know if it was the Mel Smith from NTNON/Alias Smith & Jones. Top result, News for Mel Smith... "George Lucas NOT Digitally Resurrecting Dead Actors". On Collider.com, originally reported by On The Red Carpet. I would post a link, but I can't paste anything.

Re:Denied, already. (2)

tholomyes (610627) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488314)

Here [wired.com] is the debunk link from Wired.

I'd actually pay for that (4, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487778)

I don't know if this counts, but I'd pay $5 for a movie involving a resurrected JarJar Binks and the guy from Temple of Doom who rips out beating hearts.

Who's with me!?

Hello?

Nothing new here (5, Informative)

heptapod (243146) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487788)

Well maybe, but it's been done before with Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid [imdb.com] and Zelig [imdb.com] not to mention Fred Astaire's posthumous commercial for the Dirt Devil [youtube.com] (at 3m02s).
It'd be interesting to see the end product but I'm certain it will cause nothing for grief for various estates despite any good intentions.

Re:Nothing new here (1)

Geminii (954348) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488544)

I'm sure it will cause nothing but money-grubbing by estates managed by relatives of the deceased actor. "You want great-grandpa in your movie? Let's talk cash."

Re:Nothing new here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34488692)

Took a long time before someone finally mentioned this fantastic movie. I still enjoy watching this film. It is very well done, and also pretty darn funny.

You know how to dial, don't you?

Also, first time I'd seen Veronica Lake. Yow!

On the positive side.... (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487792)

Firefly might come back.

Re:On the positive side.... (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487926)

But only after all the original actors bite the dust....

"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" (5, Informative)

CodeBuster (516420) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487808)

The film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow [imdb.com] featured Laurence Olivier [imdb.com] , 15 years after his real life death, in the role of the villain, Dr. Totenkopf, using previously recorded archival footage.

Dancing with vacuum cleaners... (3, Insightful)

tiltowait (306189) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488098)

Remember all the outrage over colorizing Casablanca in the 1980s? There were even congressional hearings that warned of the dire consequences of unmitigated technology (someone even imagined at the time dead actors being re-inserted in new movies, unthinkable at the time). Sounds crazy [youtube.com] ....

Re:"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488324)

No one knew that because no one has actually ever seen that far into this so called movie.

Good thing it's just deceased actors (2)

DigitalReverend (901909) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487818)

Otherwise we might end up with a situation like in the movie "Looker" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looker [wikipedia.org]

didnt that movie hav a dead actor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487822)

this makes me think of Plan 9 from outer space...

I don't wonder how long... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34487848)

"...it makes you wonder who long it will be until Hollywood starts to recycle actors as well as scripts."

Hollywood declared creative bankruptcy a long time ago. That's why every new film is a remake of a comic, old film, or TV show and they seem to have the same 10-15 stars. If George "Ewan is so cute in a rat-tail" Lucas buys the rights to resurrect dead actors, it will be the same 10-15 actors as well.

as well as? (1)

Fr05t (69968) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487864)

"Even if Smith is lying, it makes you wonder how long it will be until Hollywood starts to recycle actors as well as scripts"

I think that last part should read "to recycle actors like they do scripts". Hollywood certainly doesn't recycle scripts well.

Re:as well as? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488582)

I think they would recycle actors with a similarly deft hand.

Oh Great (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487896)

Now he can not only ruin our memories of a series by adding 3 load-of-crap movies to it - but he can also ruin an actor's popularity by starring them in it.

...as well as scripts... (1)

moxsam (917470) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487900)

Isn't that what they've been doing for the last 80 years?

Re:...as well as scripts... (1)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488322)

I was thinking precisely the same thing. They call them "Remakes". I call them "schlock".

_ex-Comedian_ and Director Mel Smith to be precise (1)

Storebj0rn (692884) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487968)

So we have an ex-comedian http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Smith [wikipedia.org] quoted by a _British_ tabloid quoted by Gizmodo quoted by Slashdot. Now that is what I call reliable info.

Paving the way for something better (1)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | more than 3 years ago | (#34487976)

Now, now, let's not get up in arms about this. Lucas develops new filmmaking technology, then other directors put it to good use.

This tech could lead the way to a live-action Futurama. Those heads in jars are going to have to be CGI, might as well make them look as good as possible. And we need to perfect the technology so that Zoidberg isn't as annoying as Jar-Jar.

how do you get rights to dead people (1)

chronoss2010 (1825454) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488048)

this guys sick he sued battlestar galactica cause he said cylons looked like storm troopers WHAT AN ASS

Movies Never Were Holy Writ (1)

MarkvW (1037596) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488054)

The movies produced by the big studios have always been driven by the profit motive. "Art" was only valuable to the studios if it contributed to the bottom line.

It is the same thing now. "Skins" will be used as long as they make money.

Preserve the old movies, but don't lament their transformation. Celebrate the utter vulgarity of the medium!

Someday, a creative team will craft a happy accident (like Casablanca or Genevieve) through the use of "skins". Look forward to that! Your memories of the old movies won't be debased--remember, you'll always have Paris.

The logical conclusion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34488068)

Computer-generated directors and producers that put George Lucas out of work.

Hmm, maybe this isn't so bad after all....

Obligatory Simpsons reference Halloween (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34488120)

MPAA Minion #1: Damn, why Leonardo DiCaprio refused to shot our last movie with dead celebrities?
MPAA Minion #2: Guess we have to ask for Homer Simpsons Help. But it's going to be little pricey for a such famous guy like DiCaprio...
MPAA Minion #1: I don't care! We need Leonardo DiCaprio for our movie now! Call him!
George Lucas: I will be in my underground lair waiting the death certificate to start shooting.
MPAA Minion #2: Excellent... excellent. We won't take long!
MPAA Minion #1: Piece of cake!

the inevtable march of technology (1)

Biggseye (1520195) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488236)

It is inevitable that CGI/AI advancements eventually lead to the creation of digital actors/stars. As we have seen overt the last 20 years, the capabilities of digital creation/recreation of completely digital characters that are very close to real in all aspects except physical are coming. The technology is still not quite there, but it will get there. I foresee a time when they can take stars from Film, TV, and Video archives, and recreate them using AI to be so close to the originals that most people would not be able to tell. Need John Wayne? There will be an AI of him, Clark Gable? Betty Davis? Johnny Carson? The list of the famous is all but endless. I don't like it, but the public has no say in this. It is between who owns the rights for a likeness and those that wish to use it. The day will come then every character, every animal, every object in a video will be completely realistic, completely believable, and completely digital. And many will not be able to tell the difference. This has implications far beyond entertainment. Unlike photo-shopped pictures, these will be originals. You will be able to place anyone from history in any situation desired. Talk about rewriting History or spinning it,

Curiosity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34488388)

Just out of curiosity, is the rage more from "reviving" dead actors, or Lucas doing so?

Pretty sure I know the answer already, but feel like asking anyway.

Been done in scifi short stories before (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488404)

As I seem to recall there was some controversy because there was little control over the use of likenesses and the technology was very cheap. The line I remember was talking about a reimagining of an old Erroll Flynn pirate movie but this version featured him "vigorously and enthusiastically taking a cabin boy from behind." I think this story ran in Asimov's.

There was another story that really presaged the Youtube phenomenon. The premise is that everyone had personal video drones and could run a personal television show in their private lives. The observer was rather disgusted with the phenomenon, finding it crass and intrusive. He observes a young waitress trying to turn her life into a sassy sitcom with the customers. She lipped off to the wrong guy and he smashed her expensive little drone into pieces. The transformation from confident and brash and trying too hard to a young girl in too much makeup shaken and crying was pretty bleak. This was her only dream of getting out of nowhere and becoming someone, becoming important. Pretty much the tinseltown dream as imagined in the 21st century.

It's interesting to see those sorts of stories becoming real life. Not so happy about the cyberpunk stuff being made real.

I hear George Lucas eats children (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488418)

Now you all have another BS rumor to latch onto to start a hatefest.

Sounds like Phillips-o-Vision (1)

rokstar (865523) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488428)

Duke Philips: "If I want Citizen Kane’s last word to be “schwing” then “schwing” it’s gonna be!"

Re:Sounds like Phillips-o-Vision (1)

a.deity (665042) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488608)

PhillipsVision was the reason I clicked on this article in the first place. "Rosebud...I mean, schwing."

Wasn't this an episode of The Critic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34488452)

Philips-vision. Maybe Lucas will get Duke Philips disease before he can ruin more movies.

Or maybe we actually will get to see the guy from My Left Foot become a punter for the Bears.

Whatever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34488552)

Just don't let him unpetrify Natalie.

Not really new (1)

shadowfaxcrx (1736978) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488560)

This isn't really a new idea. They did it with Paula Abdul and Fred Astaire in a Pepsi commercial, and of course there's Forrest Gump.

Batman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34488652)

I can haz Joker?

Didn't he threaten to do this ... (1)

madenglishbloke (829598) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488660)

...years ago, when starting pre-production on the Star Wars prequels? I swear there was a story floating around that he was trying to buy up the rights to most of Alec Guiness's old films, especially the ealing comedies, in order to have him "play" the young Obi-Wan.

Hopefully he'll make Star Wars Episodes 7-9... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34488694)

using the original cast, slightly aged. I hope the original cast members signed a contract all those decades ago allowing Lucas to use their likeness forever.

He's Ahead Of The Curve, Is All... (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488698)

This is just Lucas starting his own green revolution.

I smell Oscar! (1)

magusxxx (751600) | more than 3 years ago | (#34488738)

Great. Joan Crawford and Mel Gibson can do a remake of Trog.
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