George Lucas 'dead actors' rumor untrue
George Lucas has no plans to put images of dead actors in new films, contrary to a recent British newspaper report, his production company says.
The Sun recently quoted British comedian and actor Mel Smith as saying Lucas, creator of the "Star Wars" franchise, has been buying the rights to "dead movie legends" and planned to use "computer trickery" to show them alongside each other on screen.
"This is a false rumor," a spokesperson for Lucasfilm told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Lucas has several projects in the works and plans on re-releasing the 1999 film "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" in theaters 3D in 2012. All "Star Wars" movies are set to be released on Blu-ray in the fall of 2011, which will include interviews and unreleased footage from the Lucas film archives.
Lucas is also working on a live-action "Star Wars" television show and a script for it is being developed, although the project is currently on hold due to budget concerns.
An animated "Star Wars" comedy series is also planned and is being developed by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich from the animated show "Robot Chicken" and Brendan Hay from "The Daily Show".