Orson Welles Back From Grave for New TV Show
March 08, 2002 09:35 AM ET
by Jonathan Kent
LONDON (Reuters) - Screen legend Orson Welles is being brought back to life in a television remake of the classic '50s radio crime drama "The Black Museum," which he narrated, the show's producer said Friday.
"I have a feeling knowing Orson as well as I did that if he were around he'd be laughing," Harry Alan Towers, who produced both the original radio show and the TV remake, told Reuters.
"The Black Museum" takes it's title from the name coined for Scotland Yard's Crime Museum by a reporter in 1877, two years after the museum opened. Each episode of the original focused on an item in the collection.
"This is Orson Welles speaking from London. The Black Museum, repository of death," Welles intoned in his booming voice opening a 1952 episode "The Bathtub."
Welles' voice will be digitally transposed from the original radio series onto the film. Viewers will see Welles's silhouette recreated by an actor as the late auteur narrates the TV show.
Towers says he tempted Welles into taking on the original series after he made a disastrous appearance on the London stage.
The producers who are negotiating with broadcasters in the United States and Canada hope the show will hit TV screens around the world in September.
Edited By Jeff Wilson on Mar. 08 2002 at 10:38