Whitney Houston to return in 2016.
Last Friday, reports surfaced Whitney Houston would live on - via hologram - and fans could expect to see it in "about a year," Greek billionaire Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA told Billboard. "We need to finalize the script [for the show]," he explains, before assuring it "should be a relatively smooth process."
Their focus is to create the feeling you're actually at a Whitney Houston show, using "live components" from past performances, "digital components, in the same way that Tupac and Snoop Dogg interacted onstage at Coachella," and a storyline. "The show will not just be Whitney comes on, sings and gets off," David adds. "The narrative will document parts of her life, her achievements and celebrate Whitney."
David says making the deal with Houston's estate hasn't been easy, as it's a sensitive subject.
"These deals we make are really predicated on working really close with the estates," he insists. In the case of Houston, "the musical arrangement, the choreography right down to the lighting and the design will be done with the original artists and original technicians and composers who worked with Whitney in the past so as to maintain absolute authenticity."
Venues up for consideration to house the event include Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre, Beverly Hills' Saban Theatre and the Andy Williams Theater in Branson, Missouri.
David acknowledges the timing is awfully close from Houston's death, but says his company will tackle the project with the utmost taste. "I think it makes us more conscious of sensitivity."
In a press release last week, David said he was “heartbroken when Whitney passed away in 2012,” adding “the opportunity to help share her spectacular gifts with the world again is exactly what I hoped for when I built the hologram business.”