Dec 6 2010Shameless: George Lucas Buying Rights To Dead Actors To CG Them Back To Life?


Can you tell which one isn't a zombie? Trick question -- they're all dead to me.

Because George Lucas holds nothing sacred but his bottom line (and coif), he's allegedly been buying up the rights to use the likenesses of deceased actors to bring them back to the silver screen via CG. Listen George -- I don't know what the hell kind of sorcery you used to work with, but the magic's long gone, bro. It's time to put that broken lil' wand of yours away and call it quits.

According to Mel Smith--friend of George Lucas and director of Radioland Murders--the creator of Star Wars is "buying up the film rights to dead actors." He says that Lucas plans to resurrect them in future movies using 3D technology:

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.

Of course he has been. But you know what else I heard he's been doing? Your mom. (I topped off your gas and put a bat in the trunk -- you know what to do)

George Lucas Plans to Resurrect Dead Movie Stars [gizmodo]
George Lucas wants to resuscitate dead actors using computers [dvice]

Thanks to Christian, who calls George Lucas, "George Dufus". I'm not gonna lie, Christian, that's not even first-degree in the burn department.

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I hate that guy

I heard George Lucas got stuck on Hoth during filming and instead of cutting open a tauntaun he blew a wampa

How do you mention Mel Smith and say nothing about the Albino?

sigh... *Really?*

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What the fuck does this have to do with Star Wars?

Like Anakin Skywalker, George Lucas has been lost to the Dark SIde.

WTF - as if Zombie Nazis haven't been done to death?

bring out your dead

.... *sigh*. Really?

I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to see the Duke next to Jar Jar Binks. That would complete me in a way that no Applebees ever could.

this doesn't bother me, If I die I wouldn't care if my descendants got more money from me being in a movie

Like Duke Phillip's Dukevision!

You're a little behind here, Lucasfilm has already denied this.

What a fuckin' moron!!
it wont be the samen.. sheesh!

Marilyn Monroe in a sci fi movie FTW

In the Star Wars reboot, please resurrect Max Headroom as Luke. And Debbie Reynolds as Leia. And John C Holmes as Han.

Man, just leave the dead alone. They did their part already, there is no reason for all of this. Make room for some newcomers!

No, no no no no no no no no no no no no.

Damnit George. Just STOP. I beg you.

Marilyn Monroe in 3d ass to mouth video FTW

This guy is just the Guru of good business. Watch him invent some bs religion.

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This is complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadows are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie NEver Back Down where Max killed a bunch of actors so he could make a stop motion animated movie.

Damn, if this is true he WILL do episodes 7, 8 and 9 with CG young versions of Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

Why is Mr. Lucas sick?

Wouldn't the vileness stem from the persons selling the likenesses?

God almighty, will you f*cking nerds calm down? It's a bullsh*t story from The Sun, the British tabloid that's about as reliable as The Weekly World News.

It may be a bullshit story, but I wouldn't put it past him. He stopped caring about his credibility around the same time he stopped caring about his waistline.

@27 It's the internet, you're allowed to swear without the need for * in place of letters.

George Lucas' success has driven him to think that he is some amazing individual. Really all he did was just have a few really good ideas for stories. The limitations he was forced to work with when he was broke cultivated and refined his creativity.

Now that he's got loads of money (and an equally sized ego) he thinks that it was his "genius" all along without recognizing the efforts of others.

We have enough actors already.

Sure, but you know you'd see that movie.

Go to 4:42. George Lucas is Duke Phillips.

Hell yes!!!!! If we get to see a new batman with heath ledger reprising his role as the joker I is game

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Is nothing sacred?! Have you seen the digitally remastered bar scene in A New Hope? I wanted to weep, weep salty shameful tears of nerdpain.

@35: Not gonna happen. Nolan already said he refuses to bring back Ledger -- mostly since he has some shred of decency and respect for deceased actors, unlike our li'l buddy George here.

He skull-fucked his first three Star Wars movies for decades now, so it's only natural that he will move to skull-fucking real (dead) actors.

Lucas is a classic example of how far mediocrity can go by stupid, blind luck and lots of talent surrounding you to leach off of.

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I just have one questions (well, two if you consider "WHY?)

Who do you buy the rights to a dead actors likeness FROM? Do we just assume the family owns the likeness of the actor after death? why? An actor doesn't even own his OWN likeness while he's ALIVE.

Also, there'd seem to be very little value in making virtual representations of deceased actors as the value an actor brings isn't in what they look like, it's their acting ability, mannerisms, etc. Stuff you can't really fake. Unless they're chicks, all chicks ever bring is their looks, and you CAN fake that.

They can make Megan Fox actually act now!

I knew he can raise the dead, wait where's his silly witchdoctor outfit? If he can raise the dead he can give Chuck Norris a second beard fist. :D


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