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George Lucas to Resurrect Dead Movie Stars? 296

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

    by Enderandrew ( 866215 ) <enderandrew AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday December 08, 2010 @11:58AM (#34487738) Homepage Journal

    Like this: []

    Or this: []

    Harrison Ford filed to protect his likeness so someone couldn't use it after he passed away.

  • Re:You know... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by click2005 ( 921437 ) * on Wednesday December 08, 2010 @12:01PM (#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.

  • 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.

  • by Just_Say_Duhhh ( 1318603 ) on Wednesday December 08, 2010 @12:30PM (#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:LoLs (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Monkeedude1212 ( 1560403 ) on Wednesday December 08, 2010 @12:53PM (#34488650) Journal

    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.

  • by 1u3hr ( 530656 ) on Wednesday December 08, 2010 @01:11PM (#34488968)
    George Lucas has the worst case of malignant narcissism imaginable - his family needs to stage an intervention for him.

    No, all the nerds who complain about him should STOP PAYING HIM MONEY. Then he'll stop. People say the Star Wars prequels suck, but they still gave George money to see them. So he stays in business and keeps recycling the same few ideas he had 30 years ago. I saw the SW prequels on second hand DVDs I got for 50 cents a year after they came out. Which was a fair price; and I'm happy George didn't see a cent of it.

  • Patton Oswalt (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ThatsNotPudding ( 1045640 ) on Wednesday December 08, 2010 @02:09PM (#34489946)
    has an entertaining bit about traveling back in time to 1978 and beating Lucas to death with a shovel. This is just adding fuel to the 'build a time machine' fire.

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