Marilyn Monroe would have turned 86 years old Friday, had she not died in 1962 of an apparent drug overdose. She was just 36.
Now, 50 years after her death, the actress may rise again on stage through the same technology that brought the late rapper Tupac Shakur to Coachella this year.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Digicon Media is planning a concert that will feature a virtual version of Monroe that will sing and interact with live musicians. The concert has no set venue or date as of yet.
The company is not working with Monroe’s estate, according to THR, and therefore may run into legal issues. But according to a March news release from the company, Digicon holds the copyright to a second generation “Virtual Marilyn Monroe” (or “VM2”) that “will be able to develop a career as a virtual actor, singer, writer and cultural figure with the interaction of a global audience linked through social media networks.”
While the Tupac that performed at Coachella was described as a “hologram,” it was really just a projected 2-d image, as the Post reported. Hologram or not, the digital resurrection created a ton of buzz and interest in the technology, as THR also noted, but has also raised questions about the legality — and possible creepiness — of using the image of a dead celebrity in this way.
As far as Monroe goes, this is not the first time Digicon has created a virtual version of the actress. You can see the first generation Virtual Marilyn from 1996 in action here.
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