Last Friday, the world learned that Whitney Houston would be resurrected via hologram in 2016 thanks to collaboration between Pat Houston, President of the Whitney Houston Estate, and Greek billionaire Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA. Speaking for the first time since last week's announcement, David now tells Billboard fans should expect the late singer's hologram to makes its debut in "about a year. We need to finalize the script [for the show]," he explains, before assuring it "should be a relatively smooth process."
David says the Whitney Houston hologram show will incorporate both "live components" drawing from the late singer's own live performances, "digital components, in the same way that Tupac and Snoop Dogg interacted onstage at Coachella," as well as a narrative structure. "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."
Negotiations between Pat Houston and David's Hologram USA have been ongoing for nearly two years, the notoriously outspoken billionaire explains. However, due to the relative short time since Whitney's passing, getting her estate to agree to the hologram show has been "a gradual process," David says. "Pat has been really professional and pragmatic but also she has clearly demonstrated her sensitivity over the past two years in the way in which she's engaged with us."