A Star Is Reborn: How Hollywood Magicians Will Raise The Dead- Forbes Magazine Report.
The year is 2017, and the latest Indiana Jones film opens on 4,000 screens across the U.S. It stars Harrison Ford as Indy, of course. But in this installment a 35-year-old Ford returns, fighting evil treasure hunters in the deserts of Morocco. At his side? Humphrey Bogart, reprising his role as Rick from Casablanca.
The technology to rewind the clock on movie stars’ careers and bring long-dead actors back from the grave has been talked about for 20 years (FORBES first wrote about it in December 1990). But a slew of new films, including James Cameron’s 3-D sci-fi opus, Avatar, have advanced digital filmmaking enough to supplant live action movies–and make a fortune in the process. Avatar has earned $2.4 billion at the worldwide box office for News Corp.’s 20th Century Fox since hitting screens in December.