Orson Welles to Return to the Big Screen

He’s been dead for nearly 25 years, but Orson Welles has a new movie project in the works.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story:

A rare recording only recently discovered of the filmmaker narrating a children’s Christmas novel is being used as the basis for a film. It is being produced by Drac Studios, best known as a special effects and makeup shop for movies like “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” but now moving into full-fledged production.

Drac is in development on “Christmas Tails,” a 3D live-action/CG hybrid movie to be directed by Todd Tucker and narrated by Welles, who died in 1985.

“It’s a movie about how Santa’s dog saves Christmas, but on one level, this a story about the discovery of Orson’s lost tapes,” Drac president Harvey Lowry said. “This is a substantial find. It’s something that a filmmaker dreams of.”

Thank goodness some legitimate filmmakers got a hold of the recording — otherwise Orson might have been shilling shoes for Nike for the rest of eternity like Vince Lombardi.