Voice of Orson Welles Being Transformed Into CGI/Live-Action Doggy Christmas

March 26, 2010


Creepy Christmas! The special effects house turned production company Drac Studios is going to take some just-found old recording of Orson Welles reading a story about Santa's dog saving Christmas (yup) and turn it into a movie--using his posthumous voice as the narrator, of course:

The late Orson Welles is back in the movie business. A rare recording only recently discovered of the filmmaker narrating a children's Christmas novel is being used as the basis for a film.

Drac is in development on "Christmas Tails," a 3D live-action/CG hybrid movie to be directed by Todd Tucker and narrated by Welles, who died in 1985.

"It's a movie about how Santa's dog saves Christmas, but on one level, this a story about the discovery of Orson's lost tapes," Drac president Harvey Lowry said. "This is a substantial find. It's something that a filmmaker dreams of."

What filmmaker hasn't had that dream? Usually, an aspiring director starts by dreaming, "I hope I can make a movie as respected and enduring as Citizen Kane!" But later, when that dream starts feeling a bit lofty, they'll think, "Well, maybe I can at least find an old recording of the dead director of Citizen Kane's voice, and make that into a broad Christmas movie about a CGI dog."

With any luck, the lost recording specifies, "That's 'tails' spelled T-A-I-L-S, like a dog's tail," so that people will get it for sure.

Orson Welles heading back to big screen [THR]

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