HOLLYWOOD – George Lucas today revealed that Citizen Kane 2 will be the first feature to be produced by his new project, In Space Productions.
Word has been flying around the industry for years that Lucas had been rabidly buying up film rights, with Adam Sandler’s back catalogue alone rumoured to have cost him in the region of $100 million dollars.
In Space have also signed a veritable who’s who of directors to helm their upcoming pictures with the likes of; Francis Ford Coppola, Alexander Payne, Michael Haneke and Woody Allen officially confirmed.
We spoke to George earlier today and asked him what we can expect from his new venture.
George, what can expect from this new venture?
Basically, In Space will remake old movies and set them in a different environment.
Well, space, predominantly.
I see. So what inspired you to take this bold new direction?
I figured the Star Wars films are popular and they are set in space so it was kind of a no-brainer.
Interesting. I assume you have a list of films you plan to make over the coming years. Can you reveal what some of those titles are?
Sure. First up will be Citizen Kane in Space. Bruce Willis will play Kane, I’ll direct. Next up we have The Godfather in Space which is Coppola’s baby. We’re considering a CGI Marlon Brando in that but we need to get the go ahead from his estate. What else…Alexander Payne is doing the Wedding Singer in Space, Haneke Irreversible in Space and Woody is keen on remaking Annie Hall in Space.
Annie Hall in Space?
Yeah Woody has got this great idea. He’ll play a neurotic jewish astronaut and Diane Keaton will be his kooky robot love interest.
Amazing stuff. What else have you got lined up?
Well I’ve been talking to Judd Apatow about doing Dirty Dancing in Space and Hugh Jackman is working with a few writers to try and get a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in Space off the ground. It’s early days though, and we’ve had so many people who have contacted us with ideas. It’s a matter of sifting through them and deciding what will work.
What about your old buddy Steven Spielberg. Will he be involved in some capacity?
I doubt it. I approached Steve and asked him if he’d be interested in making a Schindler’s List in Space but he got all offended and said it was morally wrong. Hopefully he’ll come around though as we recently received a great script for The Color Purple in Space which I ‘d love him to direct.
Exciting times George. Many Thanks
Citizen Kane in Space’ is due for release in 2017