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Orson Welles Is Back Back… Back?
Recordings of his voice will fuel a film

26 March 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Much like Vigo the Carpathian, death is seemingly just a door for Orson Welles, who is back and contributing to a brand new film. All right, so it’s just his voice, discovered on some seemingly “lost” recordings of him reading a children’s book called Christmas Tails, which will used to help make a new movie.

Drac Studios, a company that has produced practical special effects and make-up for the likes of Benjamin Button, is stepping up to produce a whole film based on recordings that Welles made in 1985 for his friend, writer Robert X Leed.

Leed taped Welles reading his story so that he could pass the narration to friends alongside the book. But most of the copies were lost and Leed let the originals sit on a shelf for 25 years before Drac studios head Harvey Lowry learned of their existence.

A quick call to the Welles estate, and he had permission to use the actor’s words as narration for a movie based on the book. "It's a movie about how Santa's dog saves Christmas, but on one level, this is a story about the discovery of Orson's lost tapes," Lowry tells The Hollywood Reporter. "This is a substantial find. It's something that a filmmaker dreams of."

Christmas Tails finds Santa’s reindeer getting sick and his canine friends stepping in to make sure the presents are delivered. Drac’s effects team will create animatronic animals and use CG to whip up the North Pole surroundings.

Actors are apparently queuing up to play the roles in Matt Thompson’s screenplay, tempted by the idea of performing alongside Welles’ narration.

And here he thought his legacy would forever be that famous peas advert and voicing Unicron in the animated Transformers movie…


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ORSON WELLES - CHRISTMAS TAILS - ROBERT X. LEEDS
I have seen the storyboard for CHRISTMAS TAILS and Orson Welles soundtrack will go down as a classic. This story meant a great deal to him and until you've seen it you won't understand why. It is a parable! It teaches us that: "IT ISN'T THE COLOR OF THE HAIR OR THE EYES. IT'S THE THINGS THAT YOU DON 'T SEE. IT'S THE GREATNESS INSIDE! And, the teachers are an old man and his aging mutt. Want the storyboard? Ask at: www.epicpublishing.com. It's free. Peggy Baran, Editor More

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