I don't know if this is serious, real, or just another hoax that the MSM has bought into, but it is just weird enough, and given today's technology, possible enough, to be real. It could make for an interesting SF novel as well. What the heck am I talking about? George Lucas buying up the film rights of dead actors.
Yeah, that's right. According to the piece The Sun (why is it the best tech scoops are coming out of the U.K.?), Lucas is acquiring the rights to use dead actors in new films.
STAR Wars creator GEORGE LUCAS has been buying the film rights to dead movie legends to put them together on screen.
British funnyman MEL SMITH - a pal of Lucas - said the sci-fi icon planned to use computer wizardry to show dead actors alongside each other for the first time.
It could mean screen greats such as SIR ALEC GUINESS appearing with the likes of JAMES DEAN and MARILYN MONROE.(emphasis from the original article)
Personally, I don't like this idea. All of my favorite actors are gone now, and as much as I enjoy watching great John Wayne movies, that doesn't mean I want to see a new John Wayne movie with the Duke teamed up with Matt Damon leading a cavalry charge. I don't want to see Errol Flynn swashbuckling with Captain Jack Sparrow. And I don't want to see Mr. Scott drinking Scotch with Yeoman Marilyn Monroe.
As one pundit pointed out, it's just a matter of time before actors start rewriting their contracts for post-mortem film rights.