The family of slain Mexican-American Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez is defending plans to digitally resurrect her in hologram form for a 2018 tour.
Billboard reports that a Nevada tech company called Acrovirt will create a “walking, talking, singing, and dancing digital embodiment” of Selena.
She was 23 and the reigning queen of Tejano music when she was murdered in 1995 in a Texas motel by the former president of her fan club.
“By no means is this something that's creepy or weird,” Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, told Billboard on Wednesday.
“A lot of the new fans that did not get to experience what Selena was about hopefully will be able to get a sense of her with this new technology that’s going to be coming out.”
The SelenaTheOne.com website says that an Indiegogo campaign will launch on April 16 – which would have been the Grammy winner’s 44th birthday – to raise the $500,000 needed to complete the project.
“It's not about replacing Selena in any shape, way or form; it's just something to help her legacy continue growing,” said Quintanilla, who reported that Acrovirt approached her family last year with the project idea.
“It's so interesting and mind-blowing that we just felt as a family that this is definitely something we'd want them to do with Selena.”