It’s no secret to anyone that George Lucas, the man behind the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, is quite fond of computer effects and digital enhancements. But could that fondness cross a line no one ever thought it would cross?
While speaking to the UK’s Daily Mail, famed actor, writer, director, and comedian Mel Smith — closest to my own heart as the Albino from The Princess Bride — shared a little secret about Mr. Lucas: that he’s been buying up the rights to dead film stars, with hopes of one day being able to digitally insert them into new movies with today’s stars.
Smith directed Radioland Murders, which Lucas produced, but wasn’t thrilled at how it turned out. He explained before sharing this little morsel:
The film was a disaster. 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.
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.
There it is. But is it as absurd as it sounds? Would it really be unthinkable to take the many appearances and performances of legendary talents, and use today’s high technologies to bring them back to the big screen for new generations to enjoy? One of the worst things about today is that many of our youth don’t know or appreciate those who came before, and most of today’s hero’s and idols are an embarrassment to even think about.
You have to think that IF it were done properly and with the utmost care, it could be cool to see these fallen stars once again. On the other hand, it could be considered pretty sacrilegious to even ponder such a thing.
So what do you think — despite what your thoughts of Lucas are, would you enjoy seeing stars of old able to appear in new movies once again, or is that just a little too creepy to bother moving forward with?