Two weeks ago, Coachella brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead in the form of a hologram. This week, it’s a different relic from the ‘90s — well, really, the early 1900s — that will be resurrected. Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced that he is building a near-replica of the Titanic as a tourist cruise ship. Its maiden voyage, from England to North America, is scheduled for late 2016, nearly 20 years after James Cameron’s “Titanic” became the highest-grossing film of its time in 1997.
Here’s hoping the second time around, the Titanic’s journey will be smooth sailing. Palmer was asked, naturally, if this ship will be unsinkable, and he did not mince his words for the Sydney Morning Herald: “Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it.”
He added: “It is going to be designed so it won't sink. It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn't happen. But, of course, if you are superstitious like you are, you never know what could happen.”
Resurrection, it seems, is the new golden ticket. After Hologram Tupac proved to be a popular attraction at Coachella, promoters announced that a Hologram Tupac tour with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg was in the works. (Though most people have been calling him “Hologram Tupac,” the Post’s Hayley Tsukayama notes that the illusion was actually a two-dimensional projection). TLC, another popular ‘90s act, got in on it by announcing a new tour with deceased member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes — though, she’ll be reincarnated via archival footage on a screen. Critics have made lists of other resurrections they’d like to see, with Michael Jackson, the deceased members of the Beatles, and Nirvana topping many.
And now, closing out a month of events and commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, fans who may have already reenacted their Jack and Rose fantasies on the Titanic memorial cruise can begin planning their trip on a ship one step closer to the real thing. The Associated Press reports that the ship would hold about 1,680 passengers — fewer than the original — and is one of four luxury ships that Palmer has commissioned Chinese shipyard CSC Jinling to build. He did not provide a cost estimate.
This month’s appetite for Titanic memorabilia has demonstrated that our collective appetite for nostalgia for “Titanic” — both the ship and the film — hasn’t waned at all over time. So, too, for Tupac, who has eight posthumous albums, several of which went platinum.
With technology — and more importantly, plenty of cash — any cultural phenomenon can return, zombie-like, from the dead.